UPDATED 4:18 PM PT – Monday, June 20 2022
A manhunt is underway for three inmates who escaped from a federal prison camp in Virginia. On Saturday morning, authorities discovered the inmates missing from the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg. The inmates went missing from a satellite camp in Hopewell, southeast of Richmond
The inmates have been identified as Corey Branch, Lamonte Willis and Kareem Allen Shaw. They range in age from 30 to 46 and were serving time for various offenses, including illegal drug and firearm possession.
Branch is serving 13 years for intent to distribute fentanyl and felon in possession of a firearm. Willis is serving an 18 year sentence for possessing and concealing a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Shaw is serving a 16 year sentence for conspiracy to sell heroin.
Four federal inmates escaped this morning from FCC Petersburg’s camp in Virginia. The Bureau of Prisons says it notified the US Marshals, FBI and other law enforcement agencies. BOP has faced scrutiny in recent years for allowing inmates to simply walk away from its prison camps. pic.twitter.com/xbz3TWUp2u
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The US Marshals and FBI are assisting local law enforcement with the search and investigation. The group of escaped inmates was originally four but one has turned himself in.