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State prison inmate escapes from Yankton

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A search is underway for a missing state prison inmate.

 

Inmate Richard Beckwith signed out of the Yankton Minimum Unit (YMU) to go to his work release job in Yankton Sunday morning. His employer reported Sunday evening that Beckwith was not at the job site. A staff member from YMU checked the work site and another location. Escape procedures were enacted when Beckwith was not found at either site.

 

Beckwith is 51 years old. He is white, 5-feet-9 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

 

Beckwith was sentenced in 2006 to 9 years, 10 months in prison for possession of a controlled substance out of Minnehaha County.

 

Anyone who sees Beckwith or knows of his whereabouts should contact law enforcement immediately.

 

The minimum-security units across the state house an average of more than 1,000 inmates daily, with more than 700 of those inmates assigned to either work release or community service work. At the end of May, there were 188 minimum-security inmates on work release, including 40 in Yankton.   

 

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