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Woman charged with aiding white supremacist's jail escape

Aug. 19, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman has been charged with helping the leader of a white supremacist gang and another inmate escape from jail last month. A federal grand jury indicted 27-year-old Kennan Gililland on Aug. 8 on charges alleging that she helped Wesley Gullett and Christopher Sanderson...

California man convicted of torture of pot dispensary owner

Aug. 16, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California man who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week was convicted Friday of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner who he mistakenly believed had buried large sums of money in the desert. A jury in Newport Beach found Hossein Nayeri,...

Family, friends bid goodbye to slain corrections employee

Aug. 16, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of family and friends gathered Friday in a Tennessee church to bid goodbye to a beloved correctional administrator killed last week, allegedly by an escaped inmate who sparked a four-day manhunt. The 64-year-old Debra Johnson was remembered for being a devout Christian,...

Judge: Captured Tennessee inmate could face death penalty

Aug. 14, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee convict accused of killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder, a judge told the prisoner Wednesday. Curtis Ray Watson appeared before Judge Janice Craig in a video arraignment in Lauderdale County...

The Latest: Captured inmate could face death penalty

Aug. 14, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing for a Tennessee convict who escaped from prison (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A judge told a Tennessee convict accused of killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison that he could face death if convicted of first-degree murder. Curtis Ray Watson...

Inmate who escaped from Forks prison back in custody

Aug. 13, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

FORKS, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who escaped from Olympic Corrections Center near Forks has been captured less than two miles away from the facility. KOMO reports 60-year-old Mark David Vannausdle was apprehended without incident at 7:37 a.m. Tuesday. Vannausdle escaped from the...

Governor: Protocol was followed before inmate's escape

Aug. 12, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee prison officials followed protocol prior to the escape of a convict suspected of killing a Department of Correction employee, but hard questions remain, Gov. Bill Lee said Monday. Lee said his administration wants to examine department protocols after the slaying of...

Inmate escapes minimum-security prison in Washington state

Aug. 12, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities are searching for a man who broke out of a minimum-security prison in Washington state. The Seattle Times reports 60-year-old Mark David Vannausdle escaped the Olympic Corrections Center near Forks on Sunday. The state Department of Corrections says the search effort is focused...

Escaped Tennessee inmate captured after 5-day manhunt

Aug. 11, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

A Tennessee convict suspected of killing a corrections administrator before escaping prison on a tractor was captured Sunday seven hours after homeowners recognized him on their outdoor surveillance camera, authorities said. Curtis Ray Watson put his hands up and was arrested as he came out of a soybean field...

The Latest: Tennessee inmate caught emerging from farm field

Aug. 11, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

HENNING, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee inmate Curtis Ray Watson (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Police in Tennessee say an escaped convict suspected of killing a corrections administrator surrendered without incident seven hours after authorities received a tip to his whereabouts. Tennessee Bureau...