A Fayette County jail inmate had completed drug court and had just two weeks left to serve on a burglary sentence when he escaped from custody.
Now, Billy Wayne Sparks, 22, faces up to five more years in jail if he's convicted of second-degree escape. Police charged him with the class D felony after authorities picked him up on Man o' War Boulevard Sunday.
Sparks pleaded guilty earlier this year to third-degree burglary and facilitation to third-degree burglary, according to court documents. He was sentenced to drug court and was scheduled to be released on Oct. 6 if he completed the program.
He came close; Sparks was allowed out of jail at 5 p.m. Thursday to attend drug court graduation, according to court documents. He was scheduled to return to the jail at 8:30 p.m., but he never showed up.
Lexington police took a report from corrections officers and put out a warrant for Sparks' arrest. An officer found him at the corner of Man o' War and Winthrop, near Shillito Park, about 2:25 a.m. Sunday.
He was taken to the Fayette County jail, where he was being held on $20,000 bond Monday.