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February 11, 2003

Decatur County - Fifty-two years after a man walked away from a South Georgia prison work detail, he's caught.

Seventy-nine-year-old Donald Jessie Harrell was found Thursday in Dixie County, Florida.

Harrell escaped from a Decatur County Public Works Camp in 1951. He was serving time for writing a bad check and had served five weeks of his eight-month sentence.

District Attorney Brown Mosley says, however, he won't prosecute Harrell on the charge now.

He was a decorated World War Two veteran and a former prisoner of war.

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