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Convicted killer captured in Hugo, 2nd inmate escapes

December 13, 2012

Jason Bales recaptured after his escape from Mack Alford Correctional Facility in Stringtown.

Oklahoma prison officials report that the convicted killer who escaped from the Mack Alford Correctional Facility in Stringtown was recently recaptured in Hugo.

Jason Bales, 29 year-old inmate, was reported missing after a routine head count at the medium security prison on Monday morning, Dec. 3, 2012. He was recaptured on Sunday morning, Dec. 9, 2012, at around 10:30 a.m.

Bales is serving a life-sentence without parole. He was convicted of first degree murder in 2006 in Oklahoma County for killing his girlfriend’s mother, Stepheny Glass. Authorities say Glass was strangled before her body was doused with acid and buried in a shallow grave in southwest Oklahoma City.

Prison spokeswoman Cindy Lowe said she had no other details about the capture and are still investigating how Bales escaped.

A second inmate escaped from a prison in Atoka County on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, and was apprehended after a short manhunt.

According to assistant warden Jerry Johnson, 34-year-old Jeremy Jenkins was caught at 1:48 p.m. approximately 2 miles north of the Howard McLeod Correctional Facility on private property.

Jenkins was returned to the facility and placed in the Segregated Housing Unit without incident, Johnson said.

Jenkins is serving an 11-year sentence on weapons & perjury convictions and was set to be released next October.

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