Shelby County Inmate Escapes During Detail

Shelby County Inmate Escapes During Detail

Daniel Webster is doing a four year sentence for theft and vandalism. He only had one more year to go before he walked out of jail a free man, but for some reason he bolted.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The hunt is on for a convicted felon who walked away from a work detail in Memphis.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says Daniel Webster, 26, escaped while working at Lichterman Nature Center in east Memphis Tuesday.

Webster is doing a four year sentence for theft and vandalism. He only had one more year to go before he walked out of jail a free man, but for some reason he bolted.

Shelby County deputies do not consider him a "dangerous inmate" but people should be on the look out.

Deputies say Webster, along with two other inmates, were working on some landscaping at Lichterman Nature Center, but then Webster took off. There was one supervisor, from the nature center, watching the inmates.

According to Shelby County Corrections Director James Coleman, "Sometimes in the course of working attention may have been diverted."

YMCA workers knew about the escapee. They're just across the street from the nature center on Quince.

YMCA employee Cheryl Webb-Oliver told Local 24 News, "I didn't feel threatened or anything like that."

Webster has been in jail for almost 2 years on vandalism and property theft charges. Deputies say he qualified to work on blight and landscaping projects all over the county. Webster was eligible for parole next month and up for release in the fall of next year.

Now deputies are urging him not to make matters worse.

"I would hope if that young man is watching this station, he would actually realize he made a mistake, he would call the fugitives and turn himself in or call us and turn himself back in," Coleman said.

It's now highly unlikely Webster would be released sometime next year because of his escape.

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