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ROCKFORD (WKOW) -- One of the inmates who escaped from Columbia Correctional Institution will head back to Wisconsin.

Both Deering and Newman appeared in court Friday afternoon. Deering waived a formal extradition hearing and will be transported back to Wisconsin.

Newman, however, did not waive a formal extradition hearing and will appear in court again in Winnebago County next Tuesday.

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ROCKFORD (WKOW) -- The two prisoners who escaped from Columbia Correctional Institution were arrested in Rockford Friday morning after showing up at a nonprofit, hungry and cold.

The arrests were confirmed on Twitter by Rockford police.

Authorities say Thomas E. Deering, 45, and James Robert Newman, 36, scaled fences to break out of the prison just before 5 a.m. Thursday.

In a Facebook post Friday, the nonprofit group Miss Carly's wrote:

"This morning two men showed up at our door shivering, frozen, wearing prison issue sweats and thermal shirts. They had emergency blankets stuffed under their clothing. They looked just like the kind of people we want to help....but they weren't.

I recognized them right away.

They had escaped from prison in Wisconsin.

See, my mom was homeless and she was kidnapped, raped and murdered years ago. So, these guys faces stuck in my memory after seeing their photos and reading about their charges.

Rockford Illinois Police Department was here within minutes and handled the situation with professionalism and cool heads. I trembled as I offered the two men coffee to warm them up and stall their departure. I was so relieved when our officers showed up.

They are off the streets now.

I have a huge heart for the unloveable and the lost, but I will always fight to keep our city safe "

This morning two men showed up at our door shivering, frozen, wearing prison issue sweats and thermal shirts. They had...

Posted by Miss Carly's on Friday, April 17, 2020
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