Hunters find escaped prisoner in Monroe County

alopez@macon.comJune 20, 2014 

JAMES DOUGLAS KELLY

Monroe County sheriff’s officials captured an escaped state prisoner Friday after he was discovered near Tobesofkee Creek by a group of hunters.

The hunters found James Douglas Kelly, who escaped while on work detail Wednesday, under a covered shed at a camp on Ga. 42 eating hotdogs and drinking alcohol, according to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies arrested Kelly shortly after 5 p.m. without incident after one of the hunters notified them of his whereabouts. He was taken to the Department of Corrections State Diagnostic Center in Jackson, the release said.

Serving a sentence for burglary and obstruction of a law enforcement officer, Kelly was arrested about 5 miles from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center property he escaped from. He was found wearing camouflage clothing and a pair of white and black sports cleats, the release said.

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