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Sheriff's office locate inmate that carved his way out of jail cell

Posted at 5:07 PM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 14:21:53-05

GREGG COUNTY, TX — The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office said they have an inmate that carved his way out of his jail cell back in custody.

The sheriff's office said that are investigating after Jace Laws, 34, of Gladewater carved out portions of the brick in the Gregg County South Jail, gaining access to the building infrastructure, and making his way to the exterior Gregg County Courthouse.

On Friday, law enforcement searched an area near Gladewater for Laws. The Longview News Journal said that there was a manhunt before his arrest near U.S. 271 and I-35.

Gladewater police said that someone spotted Laws at the airport, and said he was trying to get into a building. He was also seen at a cabin off the Sabine river.

Laws is being held in the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office Jail after being sentenced on two counts of assault on a police officer. He was sentenced to 70 years.