Inmate caught trying to escape job site

EAST FELICIANA — An East Feliciana Parish Prison inmate was caught attempting to escape while working a job Monday morning.

Officials say Brett Brigham, 30, was a trustee assigned to the parish road cleanup crew. Brigham allegedly ran out into the woods after he requested permission to use the portable toilet.

Brigham was apprehended quickly without incident.

“Before an inmate is granted trustee status, we conduct a thorough investigation of their background,” Sheriff Jeff Travis said in a statement. “There was nothing in Brigham’s background that would disqualify him from trustee status. He only had 210 more days left to serve until his release.”

Brigham was booked into the EFPP on one count of simple escape. Simple escape carries a potential sentence of incarceration from two to five years.

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