Authorities recapture escaped SC prison inmate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Authorities in South Carolina have recaptured a prison inmate who walked away from a work assignment.

The Corrections Department said Wednesday night that 26-year-old David Thurman Holmes was apprehended in Pelion, about 25 miles southwest of Columbia.

Spokesman Josh Gelinas said investigators with the department's Fugitive Apprehension Unit took Holmes into custody at a mobile home around 6:45 p.m.

Holmes was assigned to the Campbell Pre-Release Center in Columbia. He had served one year of a 6-year sentence for burglary and was working at a restaurant in Columbia when he made his escape.

Holmes now faces a felony escape charge that carries up to 15 years in prison.

Gelinas said Holmes was to be taken to Broad River Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in Columbia.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.