Crime & Courts

Inmates who escaped face bond hearing today

Two inmates who escaped last week from a state corrections facility in Columbia are scheduled to appear in court today on local charges related to their escape.

Mark Clark, 19, and Charles Marlowe, 21, are scheduled to appear in bond court at 2:30 p.m. at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

In addition to escaped charges filed by the state, each will be served with local charges of larceny, attempted burglary, burglary and breaking into a motor vehicle, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities say the Stevenson Correctional Institution inmates escaped Dec. 11 apparently by sneaking away during a march to breakfast and running for the fence, authorities said.

Following their capture later that day, the two were transferred to the maximum security Broad River Correctional Institution.

Corrections officials say the men were among 99 inmates making a short march to breakfast from a dormitory about 5:30 a.m.

Following the escape, police believe the men tried to break into a home.

The men were co-defendants who pleaded guilty in Clarendon County to possessing a stolen vehicle. They were serving four-year youthful offender sentences and were sentenced to serve in a 90-day "boot camp" that began Nov. 26.

Had they completed it, they would have been eligible for release.

-- From Staff Reports