Escaped Lee County inmate is back in custody, faces new charges

Escaped Lee County inmate is back in custody, faces new charges

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Officials in Lee County have captured an inmate that escaped earlier Friday.

At approximately 11:23 p.m. CT on May 1, the Lee County escapee, Mark Brandon Kelley, of Opelika, AL, turned himself into the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

He is now facing an additional charge of Escape in the Second Degree. Escape is a class C felony punishable with a term of up to 10 years in prison.

Anyone with information about this case or any other case is asked to contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 1-334-749-5651 or Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-522-7847.

At approximately 4:40 p.m. on May 1, a detainee awaiting booking at the Lee County Detention Center escaped from the booking area as another inmate was being released.

Kelley was arrested by Opelika Police on a charge of domestic violence, providing false information to a police officer and a standard records check for other outstanding charges revealed two FTA warrants on other misdemeanor crimes.  

Kelley had just been brought into the booking area prior to his escape.

Preliminary investigation indicates that corrections officers were momentarily distracted due to a high level of activity in the booking area and Kelley was able to exit a door that was opened to release another individual who had posted bond.

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