Inmate found after brief escape

HUNTINGDON — An inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon briefly walked away from prison grounds Friday afternoon before being apprehended a short time later by the Pennsylvania State Police, according to SCI Huntingdon superintendent Kevin Kauffman.

Officials at SCI Huntingdon said 26-year-old inmate John Adam Bertolette was working on a carpentry project on prison grounds when he walked off at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Prison officials immediately notified PSP Huntingdon, the Office of Victim Advocate and also sounded the prison’s escape whistle, according to a prison press release.

PSP Huntingdon troopers had apprehended Bertolette by 1:20 p.m., according to the release.

Bertolette is serving a 10-to-20-year sentence for causing a catastrophe in York County. He has been an inmate at SCI Huntingdon since 2012.

Officials said the prison remains on lockdown and visits have been suspended indefinitely while the investigation continues.