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Prisoner caught after climbing fence, escaping Mid-Michigan facility

Prisoner caught after climbing fence, escaping Mid-Michigan facility
Posted at 9:28 PM, Dec 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-16 21:28:51-05

CHELSEA, Mich. (WSYM) - A prisoner is back under the supervision of the Michigan Department of Corrections after briefly escaping Saturday.

37-year-old Matthew Aires Genther climbed the fence at the Special Alternative Incarceration facility in Chelsea at 3:08 p.m.

Once employees discovered Genther was missing, the facility initiated an emergency count and contacted local law enforcement.

An Emergency Response Team and its Absconder Recovery Unit assisted in the search.

Michigan State Police eventually found Genther after he broke into an unoccupied home near the facility with what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds.

Genther was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Genther was serving probation for possession of methamphetamine however following a violation, he was sentenced in September to undergo a 90-day program at the Special Alternative Incarceration facility.

Upon successful completion of that program in mid-January, he would have been released.

The Special Alternative Incarceration facility is a program for prisoners and probationers that utilizes military-style exercise and cognitive-based programming in a highly structured environment.