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Pueblo authorities capture escapee from Summit jail

SUMMIT COUNTY – Sheriff’s deputies in Pueblo County captured a man who escaped from the Summit County Jail in October, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported this week.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of a disturbance June 2 and found Jeffrey Kormos. Kormos, who initially gave deputies a false name, eventually gave his true identity. Kormos had two warrants for his arrest from Summit County, one for jail escape and one for contempt of court.

Kormos, age and residence unidentified, was a work release prisoner at the Summit County Jail. On the night of Oct. 30, Kormos called jail officers to report he had “fallen off the wagon.” He never returned to the jail after work that night.

Another inmate also disappeared that night. Work release inmate John Pritchett called the jail to tell officers he would be 90 minutes late, but Pritchett did not return, either. Pritchett turned himself in in Denver the next day.

Kormos faces a charge of criminal impersonation in Pueblo County. According to a statement from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, once Kormos is arraigned in Pueblo County, officers will return him to Summit County to face the escape charge.

Summit County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Jill Berman said her agency figured Kormos would turn up eventually.

“As his record shows, he tends to have a few too many cocktails, pick a fight with someone and end up in jail,” Berman said Friday. “I doubt he’ll be granted work release again, as he’s proven that he’s a flight risk.”

The work release program is a sentencing alternative. Judges decide if inmates merit the program, and it’s usually reserved for nonviolent offenders. Work release inmates work five days a week and return each night at a time prescribed by their work release contract. The inmates pay a fee to the jail for administering the program. Violating the work release contract, which includes drug tests, typically carries increased sentence consequences and loss of privileges.

On average, the Summit County Jail has 12 to 15 inmates on work release. Two work release escapes occurred in 2001, but the inmates were quickly found and brought back to jail.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.

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