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updated: 10/31/2013 10:20 AM

Inmate who escaped from jail in Decatur recaptured

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Associated Press

After a four-hour manhunt, authorities have recaptured an inmate who escaped from jail in Decatur just as he was to begin serving a prison sentence for aggravated battery.

Schuyler McCoy escaped from the Macon County Jail at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by identifying himself to correctional officers as a different inmate who was in the process of being released on bond.

Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider says a search began as soon as officers realized the error. U.S. Marshalls took part.

The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports that the 25-year-old had been in jail for about two months on charges of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

He was sentenced to three years in prison as part of a plea deal.

New escape charges are expected to be filed.

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