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Police officers escort prison escapee Gilberto Ventura Ceballos, center, to the police headquarters in Panama City, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Police recaptured Ventura Ceballos, a Dominican convicted of the murder of five university students of Chinese descent, whose second escape at the beginning of February embarrassed security authorities in Panama. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Panama recaptures man convicted in murder of students

Feb. 13, 2020 5:51 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanian police on Thursday recaptured a Dominican man convicted of kidnapping and murdering five young people of Chinese descent, two weeks after he escaped prison for a second time. National Police Director Jorge Miranda told local media that Gilberto Ventura Ceballos was found in...

FILE - This file photo provided by The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows Curtis Ray Watson. Watson, a Tennessee accused of killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison on a tractor has been indicted on charges including premeditated murder and rape. The indictment obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, charges  Watson on 15 counts in the Aug. 7 killing of Tennessee Department of Corrections Administrator Debra Johnson.(The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via AP, File)

Tennessee inmate indicted in death of prisons administrator

Feb. 4, 2020 3:51 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate accused of killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison on a tractor has been indicted on charges including premeditated murder and rape. The indictment obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday charges Curtis Ray Watson on 15 counts in the Aug. 7...

Letter with apparent fentanyl sickens 11 at Dannemora prison

Jan. 31, 2020 3:52 PM EST

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Employees at a maximum security New York prison fell ill Friday after a letter was opened that contained a substance believed to be fentanyl, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Eleven people were taken to a hospital from the Clinton Correctional Facility Annex in Dannemora, New York. All were...

This document provided by the Mexico City government shows the Oct. 28, 2017 mug shots and criminal record of Victor Manuel Felix Beltran, from the Reclusorio Sur jail in Mexico City. Beltran, an important financial operator for the Sinaloa Cartel and two other inmates facing extradition to the United States, escaped from the penitentiary in a jail transport van, city officials said. (Mexico City government via AP)

3 inmates facing US extradition driven out of Mexican jail

Jan. 30, 2020 5:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An important financial operator for the Sinaloa Cartel and two other inmates facing extradition to the United States who escaped from a Mexico City prison were driven out of the penitentiary in a jail transport van, city officials said Thursday. The escape is feeding a debate over a...

3 inmates facing extradition to US escape Mexican prison

Jan. 29, 2020 4:56 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A high-level financial operator for the Sinaloa Cartel and two other prisoners facing extradition to the United States escaped from a Mexico City jail Wednesday with the help of guards, authorities said. Officials gave few details on how or precisely when the escape occurred. But Hazael...

Missing Rwandan opposition politician sentenced to 10 years

Jan. 24, 2020 10:17 AM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — An opposition politician in Rwanda who reportedly escaped prison in 2018 has been sentenced to 10 years for offenses related to forming an armed group and threatening state security. Family and allies of Boniface Twagirimana, however, have disputed the official police version of his...

W.Va. inmate who walked out of jail gets 5 additional years

Jan. 22, 2020 2:12 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man who escaped a West Virginia jail and was later caught trying to flee into Mexico was sentenced to five additional years in jail Wednesday. Todd Boyes of Caldwell, Ohio, was sentenced in Kanawha County Circuit Court for his October 2017 escape from the South Central...

At least 75 flee from Paraguay prison; many from Brazil gang

Jan. 19, 2020 3:24 PM EST

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — At least 75 inmates, many of them members of a notorious Brazilian gang, escaped from a Paraguayan prison in a border town on Sunday, according to authorities who said they immediately fired the prison's director. Officials said they discovered a tunnel and found cells filled with...

Dutch police arrest 4 after suspected failed prison breakout

Jan. 19, 2020 11:34 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police detained four suspects Sunday following a suspected failed attempt to break one or more prisoners out of a prison, authorities said. There were no reports of injuries and police said no prisoners escaped from the prison in the eastern city of Zutphen, close to the...

Sheriff: 2 jail inmates escape after locking up deputy

Jan. 13, 2020 4:01 PM EST

WESTCLIFFE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Colorado searched Monday for two inmates, including one suspected of attempted murder, who escaped from a jail in a small town after overpowering a guard and locking her in a cell. Jerry Williams, 39, of La Junta, who is suspected of attempted murder and other...