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Escaped Greene County inmate captured in Benson

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BENSON — A Greene County prison inmate spent several hours on the lam before state authorities captured him Wednesday morning in Johnston County.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety's Prison Emergency Response Team took 23-year-old Daroyl Little Jr. into custody shortly after 10 a.m. with the assistance of Benson police, state spokesman Jerry Higgins said.

Little, a minimum-custody inmate, escaped from Greene Correctional Institution early Wednesday and had been last seen around 1 a.m.

Little is serving a sentence for habitual felony breaking and entering in Harnett County and was scheduled to be released in November 2018.

He was transferred from the medium-custody Piedmont Correctional Institution in Salisbury to minimum-custody Greene Correctional on May 18, according to the Department of Public Safety. He has 11 custody infractions between mid-March and Sept. 8, when he was disciplined for theft of property.

Based in the unincorporated Maury community outside Snow Hill, Greene Correctional has a capacity of 616 minimum-custody inmates and provides inmate labor and offers rehabilitation programs.

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