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WVC 17 - 5 - 5 §17-5-5. Escape of convict from state road force.
Any penitentiary convict who shall escape from the state road force, or in going to or returning therefrom, shall be guilty of a felony and on conviction in the county where the escape was made, shall be sentenced by the court for a term of not less than one nor more than two years in addition to the unserved time of his original sentence; and he shall be returned to the West Virginia penitentiary; and it is made the duty of all arresting officers in the state to apprehend such escaped prisoner and return him to the West Virginia penitentiary where he will be available for court arraignment in the county where the escape was made; and the costs shall be paid by the state road commissioner, and the road commissioner may offer and pay suitable rewards for his apprehension, and any guard may pursue and arrest him in any county.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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