Officials: Iowa inmate on work release escaped

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say a 23-year-old inmate on work release in Cedar Rapids has escaped.

The state Department of Corrections says Bernard James Butler II failed to return to the Larry Nelson Work Release Center in Cedar Rapids after work on Friday.

Butler had been serving a 10-year sentence for burglary, weapons charges and a drug offense. His sentence began on Aug. 9, 2010.

Butler is a 5-foot-9 black man who weighs 169 pounds. Officials say he also has tattoos on his back and right shoulder.


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