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Kansas catches double-murderer after prison break

Santos Carrera-Morales, convicted of two counts of first-degree murder committed in 2007 in Sedgwick County, Kansas, a prisoner that escaped from a central Kansas jail before dawn on Wednesday. Authorities recaptured him on Friday.

Updated 7:50 p.m. ET: A double-murderer who escaped Wednesday from a Kansas jail along with three other inmates was captured late Thursday, officials said Friday.

Santos Carrera-Morales was taken into custody at 11:58 p.m CT Thursday night, according to spokesman Ben Gardner of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Carrera-Morales was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for a 2007 double-slaying.

The Wichita Eagle reported that Carrera-Morales was captured in the town of Russell, about 80 miles from the Ottawa County Jail in the town of Minneapolis in central Kansas. Details of the capture were not immediately released.

Two other fugitives were taken into custody earlier, and one, Eric James, was apprehended Friday evening in Omaha, Neb. The details of his capture were not immediately known.

The inmates, armed with homemade knives, overpowered guards at the Kansas jail after complaining about a broken water line in the holding cell area, Ottawa County Sheriff Keith Coleman told The Salina Journal. Coleman said the inmates were able to open the cell doors and make their way outside. The guards suffered only minor injuries.

The inmates had been held at the Ottawa County Jail because of state prison overcrowding when they escaped. After the incident, the 18 inmates still held at Ottowa were returned to a state facility in Ellsworth.

Carrera-Morales was convicted of two counts of first-degree in 2008.

The Kansas Corrections Department is reviewing its policy on inmate transfers to Ottawa County — one of four county jails that accommodates prisoners from overcrowded state facilities, The Associated Press reported Thursday, citing corrections department spokesman Jeremy Barclay.

"We are reassessing our jail placement in Ottawa County right now, just during this period," he told AP. "This is an interim step while the investigation is taking place."

Coleman said the four inmates had been in the same area of the jail for less than a week before the escape, the report said.

"They didn't have a lot of time to plan," he said. "We have different rooms in the facility, and they weren't all together for a very long time."

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2012/04/20/2304257/jail-escapee-convicted-murderer.html#storylink=cpy

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