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Prison escapee captured in Springfield

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sheriff Mike Shannon said a task force of law enforcement officers arrested Howell County jail escapee Lloyd Miller of rural Alton on Jan. 13 at a north Springfield motel without incident.

Two days earlier, Oregon County Sheriff George Underwood said he was confident authorities would soon find Miller.

"Life is hard as a fugitive --always looking over your shoulder," Underwood said.

Miller walked away from the jail through the exercise yard on Dec. 21 while taking out trash.

Miller was a trustee, an inmate with some privileges in exchange for doing chores, such as cleaning and taking out trash, because he earned jailers' trust. Online court records show Miller has an extensive criminal history in Howell, Oregon and Shannon counties.

Miller, 33, served jail and prison time for forgery, passing bad checks, burglary, illegal drugs, resisting arrest and other similar crimes, as well as numerous traffic violations. He was scheduled to plead guilty on Jan. 9 for marijuana possession and resisting arrest. He was charged with escape after he left the jail.

Shannon said the South Central Drug Task Force, the U.S. Marshal's Service, Greene County Sheriff's Department and Oregon County Sheriff's Department helped capture Miller. He said it is possible some people who helped Miller escape and elude officers for 23 days could be charged.

Miller is being held on $250,000 bond total for all cases pending against him, including felony theft and burglary.

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