LIVINGSTON, La. – The second of two men who escaped from a jail by slipping under a chain-link fence and scaling over razor wire was captured Sunday.
John Priest, convicted of manslaughter, was arrested when an anonymous tip led police to a trailer about a mile from the Livingston Parish (search) jail, said Sheriff Willie Graves.
"We were gravely concerned that either one of these men was going to hurt someone. We're very relieved to have them back in custody," Graves said.
The other inmate, Gerald Bordelon, was captured earlier Sunday, less than a mile from the jail, after a motorist reported seeing him along state Highway 63 (search), said Det. Stan Carpenter of the sheriff's office.
The two men, accused in separate killings, broke out of jail on Saturday while they were out of their cells for an hour of exercise, Sheriff Willie Graves said.
Bordelon awaits trial on murder and kidnapping charges in the death of his 12-year-old stepdaughter. Priest was convicted Thursday night of manslaughter and obstruction of justice for killing a man and burning his house. Priest has said the killing was in self-defense.
Priest and two other individuals were in the trailer when police burst in on them, Graves said. Officials said the two unidentified individuals would be charged with aiding and abetting a fugitive.
Bordelon and Priest escaped by slipping under a chain-link fence and scaling a ladder over razor wire while they were out of their cells for an hour of exercise, Graves said. The jail's guard tower is manned only when the prison's general population is in the exercise yard.