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Man convicted in 1997 slaying listed as escaped

This undated photo from The Nebraska Correctional Services Department shows inmate Anthony Gafford. Authorities say Gafford, convicted of a 1997 Omaha slaying escaped a Lincoln work-release center six days after his victim's son was killed. The Nebraska Correctional Services Department says Gafford left the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln Saturday morning, Jan. 27, 2019, to go to work but never returned. The department's Laura Strimple said Tuesday, Jan. 29 that there's been no change in his escaped status. (The Nebraska Correctional Services Department via AP)
January 29, 2019 - 8:03 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. - Authorities say a man convicted of a 1997 slaying in Nebraska escaped a work-release centre six days after his victim's son was killed.

The Nebraska Correctional Services Department says 40-year-old Anthony Gafford left the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln at 6 a.m. Saturday to go to work. But he never returned.

A spokeswoman said Tuesday that there has been no change in his escaped status.

Gafford was convicted of second-degree murder and a weapons charge, and sentenced to 30 to 50 years in prison for fatally shooting Jacque Holbert in September 1997. Prison records say his scheduled release date is Dec. 11, 2022.

Holbert's son, 21-year-old Jacque "Jack" Holbert IV, was fatally shot in Omaha on Jan. 20. No arrests have been reported.

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