Work Release prisoner on the run for two years
Fugitive on sheriff's most wanted list is caught
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
After being sentenced to a work release program through the Ripley
County Sheriffs Office in 2005, Carl W. (Billy) Lay, 35,
of Milan, simply walked away after serving about six weeks.
Lay had been featured on the sheriffs most wanted list as
a fugitive since October 7, 2005, when he failed to return to
the jail after a work release detail. He was arrested recently
in Boone County, Kentucky, after being involved in a domestic
disturbance, according to Sheriff Tom Grills.
The fugitive was transported back to the Ripley County Jail by
the sheriff on Monday morning, November 26 without incident. He
was greeted by Jailer Bill McDonald, who was familiar with the
previous inmate, who he said caused no trouble while incarcerated
in the jail.
Lay was picked up on a warrant for failure to report to probation
on charges of check deception and operating a vehicle while intoxicated
and sentenced to work release on August 4, 2005. He began the
work release program on August 29, 2005, and didnt return
when he was scheduled to on October 7, 2005.
On October 12, 2005, Lay was charged with Failure to Return to
Lawful Detention, a Class D Felony. According to Prosecutor Ric
Hertel, the D felony charge could mean up to three years additional
incarceration for Lay.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Sheriff Thomas Grills brings Carl W. (Billy) Lay, into
the booking area at the Ripley County Jail on Monday morning,
November 26. The prisoner had failed to return from the
work release program and was on the run for more than two