Ore. Judge sides with AWOL inmate

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on October 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the escape conviction of a jail inmate who walked away from a job shoveling manure at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

The reasoning: The fairgrounds isn't a correctional facility.

Aaron Cadger of Roseburg was serving a 60-day sentence for a probation violation. He was assigned to a work detail at the fairgrounds in September 2010 when his girlfriend picked him up and drove away.

Police found the 20-year-old in California. He was charged with escaping from a correctional facility.

A trial court judge in Douglas County denied his motion for an acquittal. Prosecutors argued Cadger was still within a "correctional facility," even if he wasn't physically in a jail or prison.

But the appeals court said Wednesday the judge was in error.

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