Jacksonville Man Pleads Guilty To Escaping From Halfway House

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Jacksonville, Florida –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Daryl D. Shack (32, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to escaping from federal custody. Shack faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, in 2018, Shack was convicted in federal court of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and sentenced to 51 months’ imprisonment. While completing his sentence, the Bureau of Prisons transferred Shack into the custody of Keeton Corrections, Inc. Jacksonville Residential Reentry Center. When he arrived at that halfway house, a Keeton official advised Shack that his failure to remain at Keeton would be deemed an escape from the custody of the Attorney General, which could subject him to prosecution and further punishment.

In the evening of March 3, 2021, an alarm sounded at Keeton’s men’s dormitory, indicating that someone had exited the dorm without authorization. In response, an official conducted a count of all residents. Shack was not present. After searching the facility, Keeton officials could not locate him.

On July 26, 2022, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers arrested Shack in Jacksonville. In the intervening period (more than 16 months), Shack never returned to Keeton or Bureau of Prisons custody.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Florida-Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican.