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Lexington state convict at large after escape

A convict from Lexington County is at large after escaping from a minimum security prison in Rock Hill, state prison officials said.

William Newcomb, 43, was confirmed missing late Saturday afternoon from the Catawba Pre-Release Center.

In 2008 in Lexington County, Newcomb was sentenced to three years in prison for financial identity fraud. He is described as 5-11, about 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes, officials said.

The 175-inmate pre-release center is for inmates within 36 months of being released.

Inmates at this facility often work on highway litter clean-up crews, as well as work for state agencies such as the S.C. Department of Transportation and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, according to the state Department of Corrections Internet site.

Anyone with information on Newcomb’s whereabouts is asked to call the SC. Department of Corrections' Fugitive Apprehension Unit at 1-877-349-2130.After 5 p.m., call (803) 896-2258, the S.C. Law Enforcement Division at (803) 737-9000, or local law enforcement.

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