Escaped inmate with distinctive skeleton face tattoo back behind bars

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Escapee with skeleton face tattoo, captured in California

STOCKTON, Calif. (KABC) -- A Northern California escaped inmate, whose distinctive skeleton face tattoo mugshot went viral, has been captured.

Inmate Corey Hughes, 27, has part of a skull tattooed on his face, including skeleton teeth around his mouth.

When Hughes' mugshot was released after he walked away from a jail work camp in November, it went viral.

It's unknown if his unusual tattoo played a role in his apprehension Thursday morning. Hughes was serving time for a weapons charge and was scheduled for release in February, but he will now have to serve more time.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office was happy about his capture saying, "Corey Hughes is 'home' for the holidays! and home is the San Joaquin County Jail!"

KTRK-TV contributed to this report.