Georgia inmate serving life sentence escapes prison

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HAMILTON, Ga. – A man who is serving a life sentence escaped from the Georgia Department of Corrections in Troup County and has been on the run for the past several days.

Authorities say the man may have a weapon. Hamilton is about 90 minutes south of Atlanta between LaGrange and Columbus. 

Donald Castleberry, 47, reportedly did not return to the correctional facility’s transitional center Saturday. He is serving life for child molestation, theft by taking and bad checks, according to the local station WTVM-TV. 

Castleberry, who had been working at the at a poultry processing plant in Pine Mountain, Ga., did not return to the transitional center after work. He was last seen in the wooded area behind that processing plant on May 23 around 4:30 p.m.

Inmates who have been released to transitional centers are allowed work release.

Authorities did not disclose the reason why they believe the man may be armed.

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