A state prisoner, participating in a work release program at the John W. McCormack state office building on Beacon Hill, apparently walked into the State House and then fled from custody, officials said today.
Milton L. Walker, 39, was last seen at the State House at 9:11 a.m. today, according to State Police. Law enforcement agencies from the area, including the Department of Correction apprehension unit, are now searching for the former Dedham resident.
DOC spokeswoman Diane Wiffin said today that Walker was assigned to the work-release program at the McCormack building on Ashburton Place and was accounted for at the 9 a.m. head count.
But, she said, he then asked to use the restroom, and “did not return.’’ She said the DOC does not operate a program for inmates at the State House.
Walker is serving a maximum of three years and six months in state prison for a July 2010 conviction in Essex Superior Court for motor vehicle theft, larceny under $250 and breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor, Wiffin said.
He has been assigned to the Boston Pre-Release center in Roslindale, a minimum security facility, Wiffin said. He is eligible for parole on Feb. 11, 2013, she said.
If he his captured, Wiffin said the DOC will ask Suffolk prosecutors to charge him with escape, and if convicted, his time behind bars could be increased.
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