Bryan County Escapee Captured

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After more than 3 weeks on the loose, Bryan County Jail escapee Richard Kramer is back in custody, authorities said. Sheriff Bill Sturch says Kramer was caught Saturday night in Fannin County, Texas.

Sturch said his office received a call from Fannin County authorities around 10pm Saturday night with information on Kramer's location. Bryan County deputies, U-S Marshalls, and Fannin County authorities found Kramer hiding under a house near Bailey.

Officers were forced to use tear gas to convince Kramer to give up, Sturch said.

Kramer was the latest inmate to walk out of the Bryan County jail, escaping on December 23rd along with Brian Keith Turner. Turner was caught the same day in Marshall County.

Sturch says escape charged filed against Kramer could add another 15 to 20 years to his prison sentence, if convicted. Kramer was originally jailed on a first degree burglary charge.

Kramer is in the Fannin County Jail in Bonham. Authorities didn't say when he would be extradited back to Oklahoma.

New information after the weekend is available on authorities' search for Kramer.

Bryan County Detective John Bates tells KXII they received word last week of Richard Kramer's whereabouts at a trailer home outside Leonard, Texas.

Also the owner of the home where Kramer was hiding, Rickey Allen Thompson, was arrested and charged with harboring a fugitive, a felony offense. He was taken to the Fannin County Jail.

Bryan County Sheriff's Officials say so far they have arrested about ten people in connection with Kramer's escape, including a woman from Texas Most Wanted list.