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Mansfield prisoner surrenders

Mansfield prisoner surrenders

(Mansfield) - Independence Day was apparently not what James David Meyers wanted.

The escapee from the Mansfield Correctional Institution surrendered Thursday afternoon.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 that Myers walked into the Oliveburg General Store in Ashland and told the clerk he didn’t want to run anymore.

Elliott said Myers waited in the store for Highway Patrol Troopers to arrive. They were working with the Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

The 47-year-old Meyers was discovered missing around 9 p.m. Wednesday. Prisons officials won't say how he managed to escape. He was assigned to work in the maintenance section of the prison.

Meyers is considered a sexually violent offender. In July 2010 he followed a woman home from bar and broke into her home. She grabbed a gun, but he was able to overpower her and repeatedly raped her. Summit County Prosecutors say he then stalked the woman over the next several days.

He is serving a life sentence for kidnapping, three rape counts and aggravated burglary, all with firearm specifications, as well as drug and stalking convictions. He was eligible for parole after 40 years.

It's the first escape the facility has had since an inmate walked away in December of 2011.

"We certainly don't want to see something like this happen at our institution or any other institution. We'll do everything we can do to prevent that from happening again," Tibbals said.

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