Escapee from Corrections Center in Lincoln arrested in Nevada

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LINCOLN, Neb. (Press Release) -- On Thursday night, U.S. Marshals in Las Vegas, Nevada, arrested a man who walked away from a Nebraska state prison Jan. 26.

The U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force in Lincoln sent a collateral lead to the Marshals in Las Vegas after developing information that led them to believe Anthony Gafford, 40, had fled to that area.

Authorities found Gafford living on the streets in Las Vegas.

Gafford had been serving a 30- to 50-year sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder in 1997, and was 19 when he was found guilty in the murder of 16-year-old Jacque Holbert in Omaha.

According to Lincoln police, Gafford had been housed in the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln since May. The centers are the least restrictive facilities in the prison system.

He was due to be released Dec. 11, 2022, according to state prison records.

“The United States Marshals Service is committed to using our expertise and law enforcement partnerships to significantly impact our communities by focusing on the worst of the worst violent criminals,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of Nebraska Scott Kracl. “This arrest illustrates the effectiveness of U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force as they developed investigative leads across multiple states to locate and arrest Mr. Gafford.”