A federal inmate who was supposed to take a bus to a Marion prison but decided to travel to Alton instead pleaded guilty Thursday to an indictment charging him with escape.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Kim T. Collins, 38, formerly an inmate at the Federal Correctional Center in Forrest City, Ark., faces a new term in federal prison of not more than five years, a fine up to $250,000 or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than three years. Collins’ sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 7 in East St. Louis. Collins has been detained since his arraignment on the indictment in March.
Facts revealed in court showed on March 8, 2013, Collins was sentenced to 135 months in prison for drug offenses. On Sept. 4, 2014, Collins was furloughed from Forrest City to the U.S. penitentiary in Marion, Ill. A furlough allows low-risk inmates to travel from one facility to another without a law enforcement escort. Collins was to travel to Marion via Greyhound bus and take a taxi to the prison. Collins never showed up at Marion and never contacted either Marion or Forrest City to explain why he did not do so. In fact, Collins had been picked up by an individual at the bus stop on Sept. 4, 2014, and went to Alton rather than Marion.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Marshals Service. The case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Scott.