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For Immediate Release

April 16, 2007

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

Missing Halfway House Inmate Returned to Prison

(Concord, NH) A New Hampshire Department of Corrections inmate who failed to return to a halfway house on May 9, 2007, turned himself into Deputy U.S. Marshall Jeffrey White, Jr., in Concord on May 16, 2007, at 1:20 a.m. Francis Gay, 43, of Middleboro, Massachusetts, failed to return to the North End Halfway House last week after being authorized to attend a community treatment meeting.

After the New Hampshire State Police issued a warrant for his arrest, the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force entered the investigation. His whereabouts were tracked to the Boston area where law enforcement agencies worked with Gay’s family to convince him to turn himself in. A family member drove Gay to a pre-arranged location in Concord where he turned himself in without incident.

Gay is charged with escape, which is a Class B Felony, punishable by 3 ½ - to 7 years in prison.
New Hampshire Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn thanked the U.S. Marshall’s Office, the New Hampshire State Police, county, and local law enforcement agencies for their assistance in the apprehension. “We are pleased that, through the cooperation and hard work of many law enforcement agencies, this matter was brought to a successful conclusion in a short period of time.”

Inmate Gay will remain held at the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord until further notice. The New Hampshire Adult Parole Board will schedule a parole reconsideration hearing within the next two to three weeks.

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