Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 22, 2013

Federal escapee sentenced

Gallion gets 21 months for failing to return to Transitions

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

ASHLAND — A federal work-release inmate who absconded from custody in August will have to spend an additional 21 months in prison.

Greg Scott Gallion, 52, of Ashland, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning after pleading to an escape charge.

Bunning recommended Gallion be placed in the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, N.C., to serve his sentence. He will also have to serve a three-year term of supervised release.

Gallion was previously sentenced to 51 months in prison for robbing the Citizens National Bank branch in Russell in 2009. He was placed by the Bureau of Prisons at the Transitions Inc. halfway house on 29th Street to finish out his sentence and was scheduled to be released in August.

On Aug. 22, Gallion signed out of Transitions on a limited pass and went to work at a convenience store in Catlettsburg. The pass required him to check in with Transitions periodically and report back there at the end of the day, according to court records.

That same day, Transitions officials notified Gallion he’d failed a drug screen and ordered him to return to the halfway house by 11 p.m. Instead, Gallion took cash from his employer and fled. He was arrested two days later at a Huntington-area hotel by Cabell County sheriff’s deputies.

The sheriff’s department said it apprehended Gallion after receiving a tip from someone who recognized the fugitive.

The maximum federal sentenced for escape is five years.