Missing minimum security inmate returns to NH halfway house

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MANCHESTER, NH (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A minimum security inmate who failed to return to a New Hampshire halfway house Friday returned to the facility overnight.

Officials say Benjamin Paul McKinnon, of Stewartstown, returned to the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit in Manchester without incident at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

McKinnon was allowed to leave the facility at 7:45 a.m. to go to work, but failed to return at his scheduled 7:15 p.m. return time. He was declared a walkaway at about 8:30 p.m.

The 25-year-old is serving a one to two-year sentence for sale, possession, and manufacturing drugs. He was expected to be eligible for parole on January 4, 2014, with a maximum release date of January 4, 2015.

McKinnon has been transported to the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord as an investigation is conducted. He could face up to seven years in prison if found guilty of a class B felony charge of escape.