Man who walked away from prison work detail Sunday still on the loose

Published on Wednesday, 5 February 2014 14:58 - Written by

BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com

ATHENS -- An inmate who had only a few months left on his sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon now faces at least another five years once he is located. 

Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt said Marcus Tyrone Grayson, 28, strolled away from a work detail at the Henderson County Fairgrounds Sunday around 8 p.m. and remains on the loose.

Grayson was last seen wearing a tan inmate uniform and a tan jacket.

"We have some trusties who work at the fairgrounds cleaning up and what not. He had been a trusty since about October," he said.

Nutt said Grayson had been serving his prison time in the Henderson County Jail since being revoked and had almost served his entire setnence. 

"You just don't know what happens to make someone with as little time as he had just walk away. Now when we catch him, and we will catch him, he is looking at a minimum of five years for escape," he said.

Nutt said the U.S. Marshal's Office in Tyler and other local law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search for the man who is reported to be about 5-foot-10 and 205 pounds. 

"This incident has us looking at how we work with the trusties and we will be making changes in how we watch over them. There wil be some other changes, but we aren't going to make those public," he said.

Anyone with information about Grayson's whereabouts is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or the Henderson County Crimestoppers at 800-545-TIPS (8477).

Callers will remain anonymous and information leading to an arrest could lead to a $1,000 reward.