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UPDATE: Seven New Charges Filed Against Inmate Who Escaped Work Release

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The man who allegedly lead police on a five hour manhunt on Monday, went before an Ohio County Magistrate for his arraignment hearing Tuesday.

Seven new charges have been filed against Christopher Michael Walls after his Labor Day escape. On Tuesday afternoon, Walls went before Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe via video conference for his arraignment where he was officially charged with one felony count of unlawful and felonious escape from the custody of the commissioner of corrections in the state of West Virginia, along with six other misdemeanor charges.

Walls is currently in the custody of the Department of Corrections and that will stay the same as his case moves forward.

Lieutenant Nelson Croft, with the Ohio County Sheriff's Department said residents assisted authorities in capturing Walls. "The public actually helped out a great deal, with social media and were able to give us tips and ultimately located him and the Wheeling 911 system, the radios, we didn't have any communication problems, it actually went very well."

"The Bethlehem Police Department, Ohio County Sheriff's office, West Virginia State Police, West Liberty University Police, Natural Resources Police for the State of West Virginia, officers with the Division of Corrections, and U.S. Marshals were all on the ground within a few minutes," said Croft.

Walls is now awaiting a preliminary hearing and remains in custody under a $700,000 bond. Should he be found guilty of all seven charges, he could face a maximum of ten-and-a-half years behind bars, and could have to pay fines up to $3,000.

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