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Police in Bismarck responded Saturday afternoon to a man who walked about a mile away from the Missouri River Correctional Center, an open campus in south Bismarck.

Officers responded around 4:30 p.m. Saturday to the 700 block of West Burleigh Avenue where a passerby had reported a man wearing a brown jumpsuit walking near the woods, according to Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena.

Police found 45-year-old Robin Nolan about 100 feet from the roadway. A Bismarck police officer ordered him to the ground at gunpoint and arrested him without incident.

"He was immediately apprehended upon discovering his absence during a routine count. He was returned to custody within an hour," Linster said. 

Nolan is set for release in January 2019. He pleaded guilty last month to felony unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, sentenced to 18 months with credit for 84 days, concurrent with a re-sentence of 360 days with credit for time served for two misdemeanors from 2016.

It's unclear if he will be criminally charged for walking away from the correctional center, which is an unfenced, minimum-security facility for inmates nearing the end of their sentence. 

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