0213 Missing Murderer Furlough Found

This undated booking photo released Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, by the Vermont Department of Corrections shows convicted murderer William Wheelock, who was caught Wednesday in Rutland, Vt., after he fled from furlough following his prison release the previous week. Wheelock was convicted in 1987 of second-degree murder and sentenced to prison.

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man convicted of murder was captured early Wednesday morning by multiple law enforcement agencies after he removed his electronic monitoring device, according to a press release issued by the Vermont State Police.

William Wheelock, 55, was located in a residence on Park Avenue in Rutland at approximately 1:55 a.m. and was subsequently transported to Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility. Authorities began searching for Wheelock after he cut off and discarded his monitoring device on Feb. 5. It took state police and the F.B.I. 30 minutes to apprehend Wheelock, according to a phone interview with the Eagle Times.

Wheelock was convicted of murder in the 1987 death of James Brillon and was sentenced to serve 21 to 99 years in prison. He has been released and returned to jail repeatedly since 2002, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Wheelock was released on furlough on Jan. 28 and had been living in transitional housing in Bellows Falls.

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