Law enforcement captures Harlan native who had not returned from work release

    HARLAN – An escapee from a residential work facility Sunday, April 10 was captured in Shelby County.
    News reports indicate Colton Benson-Blaine,  25, a native of Harlan, was arrested in Shelby County.  Iowa law enforcement officials had been searching for Benson-Blaine after he allegedly escaped from the residential work facility.
    According to reports from the Iowa Department of Corrections, Benson-Blaine failed to return to the Council Bluffs Work Release Facility, a minimum-security setting.
    Benson-Blaine had been transferred to the facility, as he had been granted work release by the Iowa Board of Parole.  He originally was sentenced to 12 years in jail back in 2011 on charges of voluntary manslaughter and operating vehicle without consent and voluntary absence.
    Officials put out a bulletin Sunday asking for the public to provide any information regarding Benson-Blaine’s whereabouts.  An update Monday said he had been captured.



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