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The Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office apprehended an escapee on Monday after a 10-hour manhunt in which deputies combed a wooded area surrounding the Franklin Parish Detention Center.
Leonard Palmer, 21, was serving a two-year sentence for crimes including forgery and simple burglary. He escaped from the detention center by fleeing Monday morning through a gate that had been opened for a delivery driver, said Franklin Parish Chief Deputy Kevin Cobb.
Deputies spent most of the day searching for Palmer on horseback, all terrain -vehicles, by airplane and on foot, until he was spotted around 9:30 p.m., Cobb said.
"Obviously, we had him contained. We thought that he would try to move after it got dark and that's what he did," Cobb said.
The deputy saw Palmer, who was dressed in a black and white striped prison jumpsuit, crossing Jim Albert Road, near the detention center and called for back up.
Palmer was apprehended without incident shortly after being discovered, Cobb said.
Cobb said Palmer is currently being held at the parish jail and will be transferred back to the detention center.
"He was going to get out in April of 2011, but now he has extended his stay," Cobb said.