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For Immediate Release

August 24, 2011

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

Minimum Security Inmate Placed on Escape Status


(Manchester, NH)  The New Hampshire Department of Corrections announces that a minimum security inmate was placed on escape status after running away from the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit in Manchester, NH.  At approximately 5:00 pm on August 24, 2011, Kenneth Edward Willette, 34, of New York State, ran away from a Corrections Officer after he was found in possession of contraband.  The contraband appeared to be a synthetic drug. The officer pursued the offender several blocks but was unable to apprehend him. He was placed on escape status at 6:05 p.m.

Inmate Willette is described as a white male, 68 inches tall, 240 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.  He was sentenced in Rockingham County Superior Court to 1 ½ - 4 years in prison for Burglary.  He was admitted to the NH State Prison on January 7, 2011 and was eligible for parole on December 26, 2011.  His maximum release date is June 28, 2014. 

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections and state and local police are investigating.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call a local law enforcement agency or the New Hampshire State Prison at 603-271-1801.


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