Escaped Nebraska inmate Anthony Gafford was arrested Feb. 7 in Las Vegas, 12 days after he escaped a minimum security prison in Lincoln.

Gafford was placed on escape status Jan, 26 when he failed to return to the Community Correction Center-Lincoln following a work assignment, said Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff for the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

The U.S. Marshals Service apprehended Gafford after receiving  information from the U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force in Nebraska about Gafford’s possible whereabouts.

Inmates at Lincoln’s Community Correction Center have the opportunity to take part in work release in the community, with prior approval but without direct supervision. It is one of two community custody facilities operated by NDCS, Strimple said.

Gafford had been at CCC-L since May 2018 and was scheduled for a parole hearing in April. He is serving a 30-50 year sentence for second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. The murder was in 1997.

Based on court records, Gafford has had his parole revoked on two previous occasions, Strimple said.