Officials looking for Vinita prison escapees

Ponca City Now - November 24, 2015 9:03 am

VINITA, Okla. (AP) – Police are searching for two convicts who escaped from a prison in Vinita.

An Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman says 37-year-old John J. Shepherd and 33-year-old Jason Pedro left the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday.

Records indicate Shepherd had been incarcerated since May 2013 for possession of a stolen vehicle and burglary tools. Pedro had been imprisoned since August 2014 for multiple convictions, including escape from arrest or detention, feloniously pointing a firearm, possessing a firearm after a felony conviction, uttering a forged instrument and two counts of possession of a dangerous substance.

The Tulsa World reports ( ) that prison officials think the men walked off the minimum-security premises, but they’re still working to determine why they were outside and what route they took.


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