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Friday, May 02, 2008

Prison break

Mid-Michigan law enforcement officials are searching for an 18-year-old escapee from the Mid-Michigan Correctional Facility in St. Louis.
The escapee is identified as Laytwan Tyres Jackson. He is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 135 pounds.

State Department of Corrections and local law enforcementofficials set up a command post on the baseball field at Carrie Knause Elementary School in St. Louis on Friday to coordinate the search. Corrections Inspector David Fenby, left, Sgt. Steve Brush, a K-9 officer for the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, and Lt. Doug Wright, commander of the Ithaca State Police Post, discuss diployments trategy for search teams. Schools in St. Louis, Alma and Breckenridge were locked down after Jackson's escape.
At the age of 17, Jackson had been sentenced as an adult to two-and-a-half to 15 years in prison on two counts of home invasion. Those incidents took place May 17 and Aug. 1, 2007, in Ingham County.
He was sentenced to prison Feb. 13.

Officer Tom Dean of the state Department of Corrections EmergencyResponse Team stops motorists in downtown St. Louis on Friday afternoon to show them a photo of Jackson who escaped from theMid-Michigan Correctional Facility earlier in the morning. Searchers were going door to door in search of the escapee, who is considered armed and dangerous.
Wright said it was possible that Jackson might still be in the area, or he might have had help and could have returned to his home town of Lansing.


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