Inmate still missing from work release

Published 7:08 pm Tuesday, June 29, 2010

An inmate from the Alabama Department of Corrections Work Release Center in Elba is at large after he walked away from his job at HB&G last Thursday.

“He’s considered ‘on escape’,” said ADOC Public Information Officer Brian Corbett. Ronnie Gilbert, 41, was last seen on the job at 1:30 p.m. on June 24.

“He did not clock out from work at 4:30,” Corbett said.

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At that time, law enforcement agencies statewide were notified of his disappearance.

Gilbert was being detained for three counts of theft of property, two counts of burglary and two other class B felonies.

He was previously incarcerated in 1993 for three counts of burglary and one count of property theft.

Corbett said Gilbert was serving a life sentence, although his first chance at parole was coming next year.

“He had a listed parole possibility date of March 2011,” he said.

Corbett explained that although Gilbert was serving a life sentence, his being allowed to participate in the work release program was not unusual.

“It’s not uncommon considering the offenses are all non-violent and he had a parole date in nine months,” he said.

“He has already served over 14 years, he was considered a minimum custody inmate.

Gilbert is about 6 feet tall and 200 lbs., and he has a tattoo of barbed wire and skulls on his left arm.

Corbett said that if anybody has any knowledge regarding his whereabouts they should notify their local law enforcement agency.