Escaped inmate returns to Anderson Co., denied bond - FOX Carolina 21

Escaped inmate returns to Anderson Co.

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Inmate Jason Hughes (in rear of car) is brought back to Anderson County. (June 6, 2012/FOX Carolina) Inmate Jason Hughes (in rear of car) is brought back to Anderson County. (June 6, 2012/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An inmate who escaped from the Anderson County jail is back in town after he was extradited from Kentucky.

Jason Hughes, 35, of Toccoa, GA, escaped from his jail cell May 27 along with 27-year-old Travis Foster of Anderson after they chiseled out blocks from the wall, deputies said.

Deputies said the men then crawled through into an office, out a window and scaled a perimeter fence. Hughes then stole a truck from a nearby business and fled before he was stopped in Bell County, KY, deputies said.

Deputies said Hughes was in jail on charges of failure to stop for blue lights, breaking into a motor vehicle and a fugitive warrant from Georgia. Stephens County, GA, Sheriff Randy Shirley said Hughes was wanted on charges of aggravated stalking and has a history of domestic violence.

He went before an Anderson County judge Thursday on the new escape charge.

The judge denied Hughes' bond and told him he was a flight risk. Hughes could face up to 15 years in prison if he's convicted.

Foster was spotted outside of Seneca in Oconee County and arrested less than two days after escaping. He was originally in jail on charges of probation violation, breaking into a motor vehicle and two counts of grand larceny, deputies said.

Both Hughes and Foster were originally housed in a medium-security section of the  detention center because of their good behavior, but now they have been placed in a higher security area.

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