Inmate found at strip club pleads guilty to forgery, escape charges

Billy Jack Hanna in custody (Source: SBPD)
Billy Jack Hanna in custody (Source: SBPD)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 42-year-old inmate who authorities say walked off a work site in Mt. Pleasant and was found at a Myrtle Beach strip club last year pleaded guilty to forgery and escape charges on Wednesday.

According to Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, Billy Jack Hanna was given three years for forgery and one year for escape. Hanna will be given credit for time served as he is currently serving a five year sentence for grand larceny.

On Sept. 5, 2012, officials with the South Carolina Department Of Corrections say Hanna walked away from a work camp in Mt. Pleasant. Hanna was assigned to the Coastal Pre-release Center, a minimum security facility in Charleston.

Investigators with the SC Department of Corrections and the Surfside Beach Police Department arrested Hanna just before midnight on Sept. 11, 2012 at Tiffany's Cabaret and Gentleman's Club after conducting surveillance and undercover operations.

Authorities said they narrowly missed capturing Hanna twice during the operation. The inmate was serving time for Surfside Beach burglaries when he walked off the work detail.

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