Third offender who walked away in October found in Roanoke Rapids, prison officials say

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Michael Coburn
North Carolina Department of Public Safety-WTVD

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- An offender participating in Extending the Limits of Confinement (ELC) and who walked away from his transitional housing nearly a month ago has been found.

Officers from the Department of Public Safety's Special Operations and Intelligence Unit captured Michael Coburn at 5 p.m. Monday in Roanoke Rapids.

Coburn, 57, who left his Rocky Mount housing location October 6, was serving a sentence for felony possessing stolen goods and had a projected release date of October 3, 2021.

He will be charged with escape and returned to prison.

Extending the Limits of Confinement allows certain individuals to serve the remainder of their prison sentence at home or in transitional housing. ELC is not an early release or commutation. Participants are still considered incarcerated and are supervised by probation/parole officers from Community Corrections. Violating the terms of ELC can result in the offender being returned to prison.

Two other offenders who also walked away from the ELC program were previously captured.