Laumaka Furlough Escapee Apprehended on MolokaʻiSeptember 1, 2016, 10:00 AM HST · Updated September 1, 10:03 AM 0 Comments
Furlough escapee, George Alberts Goings, III was charged Tuesday with 2nd degree escape, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Goings was apprehended on Molokaʻi by members of the Maui Police Department in on April 18, 2016, nearly a year after he was reported missing from a headcount conducted at the Oʻahu Community Correctional Center’s Laumaka Work Furlough Center.
The Attorney General issued a statement saying the office will vigorously pursue felony escape charges where warranted. Goings is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty of the charges.
Earlier this month the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court reversed the conviction of a specific individual on extended furlough. That individual, Eugene Paris, Jr., was given permission to be absent from the facility under his furlough agreement but had missed a scheduled check-in.
Attorney General Chin said, “The Supreme Court’s recent decision does not appear to prevent the State from prosecuting all escape charges, in particular if someone is not permitted to leave the Laumaka Work Furlough Center and did not seek permission.”