Arizona prison inmate who walked away from work crew caught

In this undated photo released by the Arizona Department is Joshua J. Speedling. The Arizona Department of Corrections says Speedling, a minimum-custody inmate, walked away from an off-site work crew in Casa Grande. The department said Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, that Joshua J. Speedling walked away from the crew at 8 p.m. Wednesday and that state and local law enforcement agencies were notified at that time.

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Department of Corrections officials say a minimum-custody inmate who walked away from an off-site work crew in Casa Grande is back in custody.

They say 38-year-old Joshua Speedling walked away from the crew at 8 p.m. Wednesday and that state and local law enforcement agencies were notified at that time.

The U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force apprehended Speedling on Thursday afternoon near Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix.

Corrections officials say Speedling will face new criminal charges and additional prison time.

They say Speedling was sentenced earlier this year to five years in prison on Maricopa County convictions for forgery, criminal possession of a forgery device and a dangerous drug violation.

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