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Marion County Sheriff's Office Implements New Inmate Transport Procedures
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on August 15, 2013 @ 7:13PM
Created on August 15, 2013 @ 5:37PM

A man who escaped from jail after pretending to be another inmate is now back behind bars.

Kevin Gregory was arrested at a home on Hawkins road in Buckhannon around 6:00 Wednesday night after he tried to run from officers.

On Tuesday, Gregory pretended to be Bruce Clayton at a court hearing in Marion County, and walked away free after.

Officials found out Gregory made his way to Lewis County early Wednesday morning, and U.S. Marshals tracked him down to the home in Upshur. Gregory was originally arrested in our area two months ago as an unregistered sex offender, and fugitive from Virginia.

Due to the escape earlier this week, the Marion County Sheriff's Office has just implemented a new inmate transport procedure.

This new policy is to ensure law enforcement officials, and residents that this sort of incident between jail transports never happens again.

As of Thursday, the Marion County Sheriff's Department will now require all jail agencies to provide deputies with the inmates original booking card, as well as their original mug shot before they prepare to leave the jails property. At that time a new photo will be taken of the inmate before they enter the transport vehicle to be taken to their trail, or hearing.

According to sheriff Joe Carpenter, this added policy will allow transport officers to verify, and confirm an inmates identity before they even leave the jail premises.

"By implementing this policy the transport officers can definitely verify that these are the same people. That verification will be made at the facility, and then we can also help verify them at our facility before we even take custody of that prisoner." said Sheriff Joe Carpenter

Deputies also want to keep encouraging residents to report any, and all suspicious activity in your area. Like in this case, it only helps get fugitives, and criminals off the streets, and back into custody sooner.


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