By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
After more than a quarter-century of prison life, Jamie Vaughn finally got a taste of freedom last week. But it was just a little taste.
Vaughn, who was almost 26 years into the 30-year sentence he received after a 1995 Blount County murder conviction, reportedly escaped from the state medium-security facility around 8:10 a.m. last Wednesday, July 31. By 9:10 a.m., he was back in custody.
According to an Inmate Capture Report issued by Alabama Department of Corrections officials, Vaughn surrendered without resistance when ALDOC officers located him in Brewton.
Officials have not speculated why the 48-year-old inmate — who had served 25 years and 24 days of his three-decade incarceration — would wait that long before suddenly deciding to seek his freedom.
According to ALDOC inmate records, Vaughn was also given credit for 326 more days he served in jail prior to his conviction. He would have been eligible for parole consideration on March 1, 2021.
ALDOC officials are expected to charge Vaughn with escape, which could add more years to his sentence and push his parole eligibility date into the future.