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Authorities capture inmate escaped from Cowley County facility

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Winfield Correctional Facility says Lewis Mitchell, 53, escaped from their facility and was last seen at 9:30 p.m. (Cowley County Sheriff) Winfield Correctional Facility says Lewis Mitchell, 53, escaped from their facility and was last seen at 9:30 p.m. (Cowley County Sheriff)
COWLEY COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

Authorities say a man who escaped from a Kansas prison where he was serving time for a burglary case has been recaptured in another county.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says 53-year-old Lewis Mitchell was caught shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday after a sheriff's deputy saw him hitchhiking along a highway and, after approaching the man, saw him run into a corn field.

Winfield Correctional Facility says Lewis Mitchell, 53, walked away from their facility and was last seen at 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

Officials say Mitchell was reported missing when he could not be found at the facility, which exclusively houses minimum-security inmates.

Mitchell is described as being 6-foot 1-inches tall, weighing 210 pounds, with black and gray hair and brown eyes. Authorities say he was last seen wearing a white, state-issued, t-shirt, blue jeans or gray sweatpants and possibly a red hooded sweatshirt.

Kansas Department of Corrections records indicate that Mitchell was serving a 27-month sentence after being convicted of felony burglary in 2016. Mitchell started his sentence May 26 of 2016. Court records show that Mitchell was also convicted of aggravated indecent liberties in 1995 and theft charges in 1981.

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