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Inmate serving life-term for robbery in Alexander City escapes prison 1 day after having parole denied

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An inmate sentenced to life in prison for a 1993 robbery conviction escaped the Alexander City Community-Based Facility one day after being denied parole, the Alabama Department of Corrections reports.

John Earl Christian, 46, is considered an escapee after escaping custody while working outside the prison as a minimum-custody inmate. Christian had been allowed to drive a van to transport other inmates to various work-release locations. Phenix City police contacted prison authorities Thursday around 9:45 a.m. to inform them that they had discovered the van Christian was driving abandoned on Crawford Road.

Law enforcement proceeded to canvass the area in search of Christian, but they were unable to locate him, prompting authorities to re-classify him as an escapee.

Christian, who received his life-term prison sentence out of Jefferson County on Nov. 19, 1993, is described as a 6-foot, 180-pound white male with brown hair and brown eyes. Prior to his escape, he had served over 20 years at the Alexander City facility. He was denied parole on Wednesday and a rehearing was scheduled for 2018.

Assisting in the search for Christian is the US Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Christian, you're asked to please contact your local law enforcement agency.

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