Parish inmate recaptured Wednesday

Published 8:44 am Thursday, May 8, 2008

VIDALIA — After more than a week on the run, a Concordia Parish inmate was recaptured in his hometown Wednesday morning.

Muncy McAlister, 49, was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s service at 8:47 a.m. in Walker.

McAlister was detained at the Livingston Parish jail until the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office could pick him up Wednesday afternoon.

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McAlister first disappeared on the night of April 28, when he was working on trusses for a correctional facility building under construction with six other inmate trusties at the Concordia Parish Correctional Facility maintenance shop.

McAlister, who Sheriff Randy Maxwell said had previously been a model prisoner, had reportedly received news that his girlfriend had been beaten and was upset about it.

It was believed he was trying to work his way to Clinton, La., where his girlfriend lives. Watson and Clinton are approximately 39 miles apart.

Originally sentenced on a simple burglary charge, McAlister has been incarcerated in Concordia parish since 2006.

The escape will likely result in a charge that will add at least a year to McAlister’s original sentence, Maxwell said.

At the time of McAlister’s initial disappearance, Maxwell said changes would be implemented to the trusty program for trusties working in the unenclosed maintenance area.

Prior to that, a guard made routine checks on the prisoners while they were performing their trusty duties.

After the disappearance, Maxwell said a guard would be present with the trusty at all times.