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FROM STAFF REPORTS

BASTROP — Federal and local authorities are searching for an inmate who walked away from a federal prison camp in Bastrop County sometime Sunday, U.S. Marshal Robert R. Almonte said today.

Jimmy Earl Morrisett

Jimmy Earl Morrisett

Federal Bureau of Prison officials noticed Jimmy Earl Morrisett, 55, was missing Dec. 14 when he did not show up for an evening headcount at the Bastrop Satellite Prison Camp, located on Texas 95 between Bastrop and Elgin.

“The collective efforts and persistence of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force will be brought to bear upon Morrisett until he is held to account for his actions,” the marshal said in statement released to media this afternoon.

In September 2013, Morrisett was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Tulsa, Okla.-based U.S. District judge for his role in a scheme to defraud investors in oil and gas ventures, Almonte said. The conviction stemmed from a 2011 indictment for 182 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering, Almonte said.

A native of Italy, Morrisett is described as five feet, eight inches tall and weighing 185 pounds. He has tattoos on his left and right shoulders, according to the marshal’s office.

COVER PHOTO by MATTHEW RUTLEDGE. MERCURY ILLUSTRATION by BRAD ROLLINS.

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