A couple of star-crossed lovebirds are back in the cage after a brief fling with freedom.
Twenty-five-year-old Darrell Howard and 29-year-old Ashley McColligan were both inmates at the Community Corrections Facility in Omaha.
The facility’s Edward Fabion tells us "The two inmates earlier that morning had been caught kissing and staff had talked to them about it. We have rules against inmates touching each other, either for kissing or for fighting for horse-playing, so we just don't allow inmates to put their hands on each other physically."
Darrell and Ashley decided to run away together. They walked out the front door to the back patio and walked off the property, down Locust Street into Carter Lake.
All of this was witnessed by staff. They called Carter Lake Police and the two were back in custody 20 minutes later, about a mile away.
Howard was serving time for robbery, He had a parole hearing coming up in May.
McColligan was serving time for robbery and kidnapping. She was to go before the parole board in August.
Now they both face charges of escape.
Fabion said, “The district judges have been pretty consistent going zero to one or one to one year sentences. So with good time that means about another six months. There's also an administrative process so they'll probably lose some good time for that."
Fabion said their 20 minute romp to Carter Lake will probably cost them another nine months.