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An inmate walked away from the Sturtevant Transitional Facility late Sunday evening while he was out on a work release assignment, according to officials wit the Department of Correction.

Thomas Clodfelter, 30, of Mississippi, was found guilty of two felony counts of burglary in 2005 in Kenosha County. Granted a plea deal, Clodfelter violated his probation sentence twice and he was sentenced to serve four years in prison in 2014. Clodfelter was transferred from Dodge Correctional Facility in Waupon to the Sturtevant Transitional Facility in August, according to court records.

In September, Clodfelter asked for, and was granted, a sentence adjustment. However, Kenosha County Judge David Bastianelli denied the request last week because Clodfelter had not served enough of his term.

The Department of Corrections issued a press release at 11:35 a.m. Monday saying that the incident was reported to the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

Clodfelter is described as a white male, five-foot nine-inches tall, 186 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Thomas Clodfelter should call 911 immediately.



Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.