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  • mcprison mcprison Aug 23, 2002 4:20 PM Flag

    guards thwart escape

    Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

    August 23, 2002 Friday Palm Beach Edition


    LENGTH: 333 words


    BYLINE: Kevin Krause Staff Writer

    Two convicted killers serving life sentences at the South Bay Correctional Institute
    escaped through a window Thursday and were caught trying to hop a fence during an
    early-morning escape attempt, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said.

    James Stine, 35, and Steven Cintron, 27, were unarmed but had brought a change of
    clothes that they tossed over the fence, the Sheriff's Office said.

    They were charged with attempted escape and criminal mischief and taken to the Belle
    Glade Jail. Wackenhut, a private company contracted by the state to operate the
    prison, is conducting an internal investigation, said spokeswoman Margaret Pearson. The
    men were housed in a 320-bed open dormitory at the medium-security prison 22 miles
    west of West Palm Beach on U.S. Highway 27 South, she said. About 3:30 a.m., they
    made their way to the open day room in the center of the dorm where they removed a
    window bar and kicked out the window, the Sheriff's Office said.

    They scaled one perimeter fence and were about to climb over the outer one when
    guards noticed and apprehended them, a sheriff's report said. Pearson said she could not
    comment on specifics until the internal investigation is completed.

    Stine, of Gainesville, began serving his life sentence in August 1995 for first-degree
    murder in Alachua County. Cintron, of Fort Myers, began his sentence in March 1996 for
    first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon and burglary in Lee County.

    Three years ago, two other men attempted a similar escape.

    Lacey Simmons, 31, and Alfred C. Dinkins, 28, escaped the prison by leaving the
    horticulture room and stacking chairs on top of a cart to scale a razor-wire fence, police

    Once they scaled the fence, Simmons and Dinkins jumped off a roof near the main gate,
    then scaled another series of fences. At that time, a correctional officer noticed Simmons
    and caught him 15 minutes later. Dinkins was found behind the Budget Inn in nearby Belle
    Glade, police said.

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    • I see you are still poluting the board. I quess you should pat the employee on the back for doing hie or her job. You could point the finger at the security lapse that allowed the incident to occur. Which one will it be o great one. How would the union solve this one?

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