An escaped convicted killer spent two cold days in the woods near his Agassiz penitentiary before realizing that prison life beats being a fugitive and turned himself in.

On Friday, staff at Kwikwexwelhp Healing Village called the RCMP to let them know that Ralph Whitfield Morris, 73, returned to the minimum-security institution on his own accord.

Chilliwack RCMP Const. Tara Harrington said Morris had been living in the forest several miles from the prison and returned because of the harsh conditions and because he “knew what he was doing was wrong.”

Morris is serving time for second-degree murder, armed robbery, uttering threats and escaping lawful custody.