A convicted murderer who escaped from Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston last week is being held in a maximum-security prison after being recaptured Tuesday.
Arnold Nash, 65, formerly of Sullivan, was taken into custody by Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Michael Gould about 7 a.m. Tuesday when Nash was spotted walking along Route 15, also known as the Bangor Road, in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said.
The Dover-Foxcroft Police Department said Nash had been walking in the direction of Mountain View when he was captured.
He was taken to Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft, where he was charged with escape and then transferred to Maine State Prison in Warren, a county dispatcher said. His court date was not available.
The arresting officer, Gould, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. He told CBS affiliate WGME that Nash, who hadn’t eaten in days, surrendered to him without incident, saying he was “ready to give up.”
Gould said, according to WGME, that Nash escaped Mountain View knowing he would be caught and have more time added to his sentence, as he considers prison his home after spending years behind bars.
The arresting deputy believes Arnold Nash escaped from the facility knowing he would be caught and have more time added to his sentence. He believes after years in prison, Nash wants to stay there because that’s what he considers home. @WGME @FOX23Maine pic.twitter.com/WM7irLeTzn
— Brad Rogers WGME (@BradWGME) September 18, 2018
Nash had just 14 months left on his murder sentence when he walked away from Mountain View, Maine Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick told reporters Monday.
Nash was originally sentenced to 45 years in prison in 1992 for beating a disabled neighbor to death in Sullivan in 1991.
While in prison, Nash had developed a record good enough to get his sentence reduced to 27 years and a transfer to Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport a year ago.
Nash spent six months at Downeast Correctional before his transfer to Mountain View in February, when the Down East prison was abruptly closed.
On Monday, Fitzpatrick defended correctional officials’ decision to place Nash in minimum-security facilities, saying it is safer to have offenders serve out their last years at step-down facilities than in stricter confinement.
“Mr. Nash was being treated as any other individual would have been treated. If you look at the crime, I think it was horrific,” Fitzpatrick said. “At the same time, part of the mission of the Department of Corrections is to — to the best of our ability — mitigate the risks before we return people to the community.”
BDN writer Nick Sambides Jr. contributed to this report.
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