Two Men Escaped From Ohio Prison
By: Beth Swary - Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

LIMA, OH - Authorities in both Ohio and Indiana are searching for two men who escaped Tuesday from an Ohio state prison.

Officials from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Bradley Gillespie, 50, was incarcerated on a murder charge, and James Lee, 47, was incarcerated on both burglary and safecracking charges, are listed as missing from the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio.

Reports state the correctional institution led by the Ohio State Highway patrol are working closely with all local law enforcement agencies to apprehend both prisoners.

In a social media post the Allen County Sherriff's Office (OHIO) said, "Two inmates have escaped Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution. Information is limited at the moment. Please be aware and use caution. If you see either inmate please DO NOT APPROACH. Immediately call 911!"

Details on the prisoners provided by the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution:

James Lee – 47 years old. Male, brown hair, blue eyes, 300 pounds - Crime(s): Burglary, B&E, Safecracking, Judicial Sanction

Bradley Gillespie – 50 years old, male, bald, blue eyes, 200 pounds - Crimes(s): Murder


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