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  • mcprison mcprison Dec 14, 2000 6:31 PM Flag

    Hey Dick

    To answer your question, no I am

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    The Associated Press State & Local

    December 14, 2000, Thursday, BC cycle

    6:29 AM Eastern Time

    SECTION: State and

    LENGTH: 688 words

    HEADLINE: Seven
    inmates escape from South Texas prison

    KENEDY, Texas

    Seven heavily armed
    inmates who raided a guard tower at a South Texas prison
    their escape were sought Thursday by search teams using
    tracking dogs to scour area

    Armed with
    a cache of weapons and ammunition stolen from the
    tower, the inmates took
    two guards hostage at the
    back gate of the Connally Unit and tied them up before

    The prison is about two miles south of
    Kenedy, about 50 miles southeast of San Antonio.

    About 200 correctional officers - some with tracking
    dogs, some on horseback -
    searched nearby fields for
    the seven inmates, including two San Antonio-area
    murderers believed to be armed with 14 .357 Magnum pistols
    with 238 rounds of

    "The search
    isn't going too well yet," Maj. William Daniels said
    early Thursday. "We're
    searching through hundreds of
    acres. The officers have been out there all night."

    He said the search was earlier assisted by
    helicopters from the Texas Department of
    Public Safety.

    Larry Todd, a spokesman for the Texas Department of
    Criminal Justice, said the inmates
    took 11 employees
    and three other inmates at the prison hostage in the
    maintenance shop.
    Two employees were hospitalized in
    Beeville late Wednesday with head injuries that
    not life-threatening.

    The inmates, who had
    worked as trusties in the shop inside the prison, made
    their getaway
    in a stolen pickup about 2 p.m
    Wednesday. The white pickup was found at a Wal-Mart
    Kenedy later in the day.

    "We think this is a
    well-planned and well-executed escape that may have been
    consideration by some of the inmates for several weeks," Todd

    The agency identified the escaped
    convicts as Joseph Garcia, Michael Rodriguez,
    Halprin, Donald Newbury, Larry Harper, George Rivas and
    Patrick Murphy Jr. Garcia, 29,
    was serving 50 years
    for murder in the San Antonio area and Rodriguez, 38,
    was serving a
    life sentence for capital murder,
    also out of Bexar County.

    The other employees
    working in the maintenance shop with the inmates suffered
    injuries and were treated and released. They were
    questioned by internal affairs officers to
    develop leads
    in the search.

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    • The inmates, dressed in civilian clothing stolen
      from the workers, were able to surprise the
      near the back gate.

      Todd said there had been
      no reports of stolen vehicles or sightings of the

      "We're still checking for not only all of
      our vehicles at the unit, but employee vehicles,"
      said. The inmates mixed other vehicle keys in a pile to
      hamper efforts to follow them, Todd

      Connally Unit has been locked down as Karnes County
      deputies, Department of Public
      Safety troopers and
      prison system officers converged on the area.

      Todd said five tracking teams were checking the fields
      near the store. Texas Rangers were
      roadblocks in and out of Karnes City.

      All of the
      escapees were convicted of violent offenses but had clean
      enough records behind
      bars to earn trusty status in
      the maintenance shop, Todd said. Information released
      the other escapees included:

      -Rivas, 30, was
      serving 99 years for aggravated kidnapping and burglary
      out of El Paso

      -Newbury, 38, was
      serving 99 years for aggravated robbery with a deadly
      weapon out of
      Travis County.

      -Halprin, 23,
      was serving 30 years for child abuse out of Tarrant

      -Harper, 37, was serving 50 years for
      aggravated sexual assault out of El Paso County.

      -Murphy, 39, was serving 50 years for aggravated sexual
      assault with a deadly weapon and
      burglary out of
      Dallas County.

      The escape marks the
      fourth time this year inmates have risen up at the unit:

      In late April, eight prisoners assaulted three
      officers, inflicting minor injuries. Then on June
      7, an
      inmate severely beat corrections officer Irene Fonseca
      as she searched a cell.
      Though no weapon was
      used, a subsequent search turned up a homemade knife.

      Less than a week later, corrections officer Scott
      Jendrzey was stabbed six times by an
      inmate carrying a
      nine-inch metal rod that had been sharpened to a point. The
      injuries were
      considered minor, prison officials said.

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