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Date: May 2, 2008 Phone: 919 -716-3700


Search underway for inmate escaped from Rutherford CC

 SPINDALE - Corrections and law enforcement officers are searching for inmate James Burns #0815421 who escaped early this morning from Rutherford Correctional Center, a minimum-security menís prison.

 Burns, 43, was serving a 4-month sentence for misdemeanor assault on a female and was due for release at the end of June.

 Anyone with information on Burnsí whereabouts is asked to contact local law enforcement or Rutherford Correctional Center at 828-286-4121.


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Editors:  A digital color photo of Burns is available using the offender search on the NCDOC website at

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