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Rock Island escapee headed back to prison

Posted on: 3:13 pm, May 18, 2012, by

Ronald Hearn

A man who cut his GPS tracking bracelet off when he escaped from federal custody is headed back to prison.

Ronald Ronnell Hearn, 28, of Rock Island, Illinois, was released from federal prison to serve the last four months of his sentence at a re-entry center in Davenport, Iowa October 26, 2011. 

On November 8, Hearn left the re-entry center to look for a job in Rock Island but failed to return.  His GPS tracking bracelet was found in an open field.

Police said Hearn turned himself in two days after he escaped, after his photo was broadcast on local television stations.

Before being moved to the Davenport facility, Hearn served a federal prison sentence in Kansas City after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Before that, Hearn had reportedly been involved in two shootings in 2004. 

Hearn was sentenced on the escape charge May 18, 2012.  He’ll serve 12 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.  Hearn was also ordered to pay $100 to the Crime Victims Fund.

Check out photos of mug shots from area arrests – click here.