Tompkins County inmate captured after escape

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 1:38 PM EST
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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - An inmate who escaped the Tompkins County jail Monday has been captured.

The escaped inmate, Jeffrey E. Cornell, 37, was serving a sentence for Driving While Intoxicated with additional charges pending. The additional unadjudicated charges consisted of Criminal Mischief 4th, Aggravated Criminal Contempt 1st and Assault 3rd.

Cornell was working as a trustee at the jail. A trustee is an inmate that has been deemed eligible for special work details, such as kitchen work, cleaning duties, snow removal, and laundry service.

Monday evening, Cornell was escorted outside the jail by a corrections officer to take the trash to the dumpster when he took off on foot toward Warren Road.

Last evening a warrant was issued against Cornell for Escape 2nd.

Around 11:47 a.m. Tuesday, members of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and Ithaca Police Department responded to the area of W. State Street in the City of Ithaca for a related siting of the missing inmate.

At 1:10 p.m., he was taken into custody without incident.

Cornell will be processed on the latest charge and re-arraigned.

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