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UPDATE: Walk-away inmate caught in Florida

UNDATED (WSAU)  The Oneida County sheriffs department says a convicted killer who walked away from a prison work-detail has been caught.

54-year-old Todd Brecht was apprehended without incident on Friday night in Orlando, Florida. Police say they contacted law enforcement there after getting a tip.

Brecht will face additional charges of escape. He's expected to be extradicted back to Wisconsin next week. It's unclear how he was able to get to Florida.

 

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McNAUGHTON, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) There's still no word on where an escaped prisoner from northern Wisconsin might be.  Authorities said 54-year-old Todd Brecht ran off from a work detail on Tuesday at the Saint Germain golf course near Woodruff. 

Bayfield County officials said he apparently drove to Bayfield on a stolen golf cart, and was apparently planning to escape to Canada. 

Brecht was an inmate at the minimum-security McNaughton Correctional Center near Tomahawk.  He had been there since August of 2010.  Brecht, who's from Owen, was sentenced to life for killing his brother in-law, Buffalo County District Attorney Roger Hartman, in 1985.  It happened at the victim's home in Alma.

Brecht was convicted of first-degree murder, which he appealed all the way to the U-S Supreme Court.  The justices in Washington re-affirmed the conviction in 1993 on a 5-to-4 vote.

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