Two Department of Corrections inmates attempted to escape today at approximately 1130 a.m. A DOC work crew had gathered at the Levy County Quilt Museum for lunch as they have done for many years. The late Ms. Winelle Horne dedicated many years to assisting the youthful offenders and had offered her home/museum as a weekly gathering place.
Levy County Sheriff's Office received a call from the Dept. of Corrections advising that two inmates had walked away and were last seen heading west from the Quilt Museum. Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office, Department of Corrections Officers and Chiefland Police Dept surrounded the area and had both escapees back in custody within 45 minutes. They had traveled less than two miles away from the original point of the escape. There was no evidence the escapees committed any other crimes or came in contact with any members of the public during the escape.
The escapees were identified as:
Tyler A. Benoit 10-20-1993
Brian K. Duncan 4-11-1994
Both escapees were booked into the Levy County Jail and will face Escape charges.
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office