DOC Reports Inmate Escape in Shelby County

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Department of Corrections is looking for an escaped inmate.

The inmate is identified as 43-year-old Danny Gene Fair. Fair was reported missing at 1 a.m. from the Alabama Therapeutic Education Facility on Industrial Drive. He is 5’8” and 175 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white correctional facility uniform.

Public Information Manager, Bob Horton, said Fair is not considered dangerous. He is a habitual offender with a long line of burglary and robbery convictions.

Fair was scheduled to be released at the latest in October of 2031. After today, Horton says that could all change.

Parents who send their children to Columbiana Middle School were on edge this morning. Fair escaped from the facility that sits one minute away from the school.

“It makes me nervous. Especially with the school close by,” said Niasha Hardey.

Cindy Warner with Shelby County Schools said that parents should not be concerned.

“We didn’t even go into lockdown today. We just really do not feel that this incident causes any concern or alarm. We based our decisions on the recommendations of law-enforcement,” Warner said.

Horton says that this is not the first time Fair has been on the run. In 1998 he walked away from a work release site in Coffee County.

Fair was serving time for a 1999 Theft of Property conviction.

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of this escapee, please notify your local law enforcement agency, the facility from which the inmate escaped or call the Alabama Dept. of Corrections at 1-800-831-8825.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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