Search team finds walk-away inmate
Western Garfield County Staff
RIFLE ” A 29-year-old inmate who walked away from the Rifle Correctional Center late Thursday evening was found Saturday morning north of the facility.
According to Jay Kirby, an investigator with the Colorado Department of Corrections, a search team found Jeremie T. Mullinix in a mountainous area during a sweep of the area.
“He was mostly outdoors, but he had entered a summer cabin and stayed there,” Kirby said. “He has been moved to a higher security facility in Canyon City.”
Mullinix escaped from the minimum-security facility at 10:37 p.m. Thursday, according to the DOC. The facility is located about eight miles north of Rifle near the Rifle Gap Reservoir on County Road 219.
“He was a walk-away ” there is no fence at the facility,” said Alison Morgan, spokesperson for the DOC. “This is a minimum-security camp and 98 percent of the inmates are on a supervised work crew during the daylight hours.”
Mullinix began serving his 15-year sentence in 1995 for a robbery. He will likely face more time in addition to his remaining sentence.
“The average for an escape is an additional eight years,” Morgan said.
On Friday, the DOC warned that Mullinix could be dangerous and citizens should not attempt to contact or apprehend him.
“He was considered dangerous because he left the facility,” Morgan said. “And obviously he’s trying to avoid capture or apprehension. The danger is that there can be a sense of desperation.”
The last escape at the Rifle Correctional Center was about two years ago, Morgan said.
“It’s fascinating because there is no fence there, but these people have earned the extra privilege of being there through program compliance and good behavior,” she said. “They want to get to this level.”
Mullinix was noticed missing during the center’s evening formal count and was reported missing to the DOC.
April E. Clark contributed to this report.
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