Convicted Murderer Returned to Work Release Facility

Vincent Cortez Brown (WHO-HD)(WHO-TV)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Corrections says a convicted murderer who did not return to work release is now in custody again.

Thirty-nine-year-old Vincent Cortez Brown was absent for a head count at the Fort Des Moines Work Release Center Sunday afternoon around 3:00. Corrections officials say they searched the facility and he wasn’t located, so law enforcement agencies and the media was alerted.

Brown returned to the facility at 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

Brown is serving a sentence for second degree murder for the death of Phyllis Davis. Davis was shot and killed while driving home from work on April 8, 1996. She had unknowingly driven between two cars engaged in a gun battle.  David Flores, one of those drivers, fired the shot that killed Davis. Brown was the driver of the other vehicle involved.

Brown’s discharge date is currently August 2019.  A review will now be done by the Department of Corrections on whether he can stay on work release or if he needs to be returned to prison.