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UPDATE: St. J. Prison Escapee Back in Custody

Escaped inmate Shannon Edwards, 35, of Waterbury, Vermont, is seen in this photo from fall 2019. Courtesy of Vermont State Police.
Department of Corrections staff located escaped prisoner,  Shannon Edwards, outside the perimeter fence of the St. Johnsbury DOC work camp Monday at about 7 am.

Edwards, who escaped the facility on Friday morning, was reportedly injured and dehydrated, Corrections officials said in a news release.

He was transported to a local hospital for medical attention and is in custody. No further details are available at this time. The Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police.

According to a news report in 2018, Edwards, “pleaded guilty in Washington County criminal court in Barre to four felony counts of burglary as well as misdemeanor counts of giving false information to law enforcement, violating conditions of release and possession of stolen property.”

“The state dropped other charges such as retail theft, possession of a regulated drug and more violations of conditions of release, per the plea agreement,” the report in the Times Argus states, and additionally, “Three of the burglaries took place in Plainfield in June 2017.” They occurred on Lower Road and East Hill Road.

On July 24, at approximately 0114 hours, Troopers from the St. Johnsbury Barracks responded to the Northeast Correctional Complex for a report of an escaped inmate. Troopers arrived on scene and learned that Edwards, 35, escaped the facility by scaling an exterior fence.