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Inmates Attempted Escaped Investigated

December 19th, 2013 by flanews

Two months to the day since being recaptured, there are new charges in the escape of two convicted murders who were able to walk free from a state prison using forged documents. The two escapees and four others, including the ringleader were charged today.

Joseph Jenkins walked out of prison on September 27th. Charles Walker escaped from the same prison on October 8th. Both used nearly identical forged documents.

The two convicted murders serving life were re-captured at a Panama City Beach motel October 19th. In the two months since, officials have been combing through cell phone records, printers, computers and more. “FDLE agents arrested 6 individuals charged with 37 separate crimes,” says Gerald Bailey, FDLE Commissioner.

FDLE created this poster to explain how the scheme worked.

The ringleader is a former Pinellas County inmate who used similar documents to escape in 2009. “While incarcerated at Franklin C I, Nashaddai talked an assisted both Jenkins and Forbes. And in 2011 all three attempted escape using this scheme,” says Bailey.

Investigators say the forged documents were created in the prison library then funneled as legal mail to a yet to be charged attorney. Correction officials say they are checking their options to see if they can limit future mail. “We’re looking right now at what constitutionally we have to provide,” says Michael Crews, Corrections Secretary.

Since the escapes the Department of Corrections isn’t letting anyone out without first checking with the judge whose name’s on the order.

Investigators say they are still pursuing leads, including the attorney who may have helped. “There are other people, satellites to this that have some involvement,” says Bailey.

A twenty thousand dollar reward is still available for anyone who helps in the investigation.

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