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  • Larry Lavaughan Farmer
  • Inmates removed toilet and crawled through cell wall
  • William Jeffrey Harris
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  • DAHLONEGA, Ga -- The Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office has captured an inmate who escaped from the Lumpkin County Detention Center late Tuesday evening.

    Larry Lavaughan Farmer was captured just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he escaped. He was arrested at an apartment complex less than a mile from the jail. 

    Farmer broke out of the jail with another inmate, William Jeffery Harris, when the two broke through an interior cell wall by removing a toilet.

    The men then broke out of a window and climbed four fences, three with barbed wire and another with razor wire. "We have got them on surveillance video at one point throwing sheets over the razor wire," said Lt. Wesley Burnett.

    Due to the cuts and injuries received while climbing the fences, Harris walked back into the Sheriff Office 13 minutes after the escape and turned himself in.

    Farmer has a history of arrests including Possession of a Controlled Substance, Attempt to Distribute Methamphetamine, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Fleeing/Eluding a Police Officer, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Forgery.

    Harris is a convicted sex offender.

    Lt. Burnett said tracking dogs followed two trails of blood a short distance from the jail. "We suspect that he possibly caught a ride from the location near the Sheriff Office and left the area," he said.

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