STANFORD - The third time was not the charm for inmate Benji Stout, who was recaptured Saturday after escaping from the Lincoln County Regional Jail Friday night. Stout had escaped from custody twice before in Garrard County.
Stout, of Garrard County, was one of three inmates who broke out of the jail by scaling a wall and cutting a hole in the perimeter fence. Stout and fellow inmate Christopher S. Spoonamore were recaptured behind the Stanford Wal-Mart about 11:45 a.m. Saturday while hiding in a car, said deputy jailer Carl Leech.
The third inmate, Richard Thomas Schmiers, 23, of Lincoln County, remained at large Saturday night. Schmiers was last seen wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and flip flops, and is described as weighing 185 pounds with green eyes, short brown hair and a medium build.
Schmiers was serving 12 months for theft over $300. He is not believed to be armed or dangerous but the public is advised not to approach him if he is sighted. Anyone with information about Schmiers' location should call 911 or the jail at (606) 365-4580.