Florida convicts sought after release on forged orders
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 01:02
Oct. 17 - Florida authorities are searching for two convicted murderers released from prison based on forged court documents that indicated their life sentences had been reduced, state corrections officials said. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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34-year-old convicts Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker are on the loose.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, CAPTAIN ANGELO NIEVES, SAYING:
"These two individuals are out, they shouldn't be. And we want to get them back into custody."
Corrections officials say the convicted murderers used forged documents to obtain their release from the Franklin Correctional Institution in Carrabelle, Florida.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SPOKESWOMAN MISTY CASH, SAYING:
"This is an instance where the department received documents from the court. We initiated our typical procedure for an inmate release. The department followed our procedures and protocols to the letter. So, in this instance, the department didn't do anything wrong."
What DID go wrong?
An Orange County court spokeswoman said someone forged the signature of a high-profile judge on two official-looking documents granting their release.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT, SAYING:
"I know everybody involved in law enforcement is going to do everything they can to make sure we apprehend these individuals."
As the manhunt continues, authorities are also following the paper trail to find out exactly how this happened.
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