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Police find Blackburn escapee

Basil Dewayne Gilpin
Basil Dewayne Gilpin

A man who walked away from a Lexington minimum security prison last month was found and charged with second-degree escape Friday evening.

Lexington police officers and a Blackburn Correctional Complex internal affairs officer picked up Basil Gilpin, 34, near Eastland Parkway and New Circle. He walked away from Blackburn on Nov. 29, according to a news release from the facility.

He was taken to the Fayette County jail, where he was being held Friday night on a $20,000 cash bond.

At Blackburn, Gilpin had been serving a 25-year sentence for convictions out of Bell, Harlan and Knox counties for receiving stolen property, theft and burglary charges. He would have been eligible for parole in September 2012.

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