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Man serving 60-year term for killing teen escapes from work detail at Arkansas prison

by John Moritz | June 13, 2016 at 1:02 p.m. | Updated June 13, 2016 at 6:01 p.m.
Lloyd Jones

An Arkansas man sentenced to 60 years in prison for strangulation of a teenage girl escaped from a state prison Monday, the Department of Correction said.

Police are searching for 40-year-old Lloyd Jones, who is an inmate at the East Arkansas Regional Correctional Facility in Brickeys.

Jones was on work detail at a construction/demolition site about 2 miles west of the unit when he escaped, according to department spokesman Solomon Graves.

"The search perimeter is focused around the escape location and adjacent areas," Graves said in a statement shortly before 6 p.m.

Court records show Jones pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Angela Allen and to charges of transmitting child porn and abusing a corpse in 2012. He had been found guilty of rape in an earlier case from 2000.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette wrote several stories about Allen's disappearance and Jones' arrest and conviction.

According to those reports, Jones was accused of luring Allen on social media before strangling her and stuffing her body inside a barrel that was buried on his family's property on Arkansas 96 near Lavaca in Sebastian County.

Police found Allen's body Feb. 17, 2012, a week after she was reported missing.

After his arrest, two women came forward to tell police that Jones had taken them on "dates" to his property days before Allen's death, acting strange and causing them to become fearful, according to one Democrat-Gazette story.

Jones was listed as 6 feet tall and 175 pounds. His most recent known address was his parent's home on Arkansas 96 near where Allen's body was found.

Check back with Arkansas Online for updates on this developing story and read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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