Four charged in bogus FCI prison release

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM.

Forbes also helped create the documents using prison computers and printers and he made a similar escape attempt, which was thwarted by a detective who discovered that his release date had been changed, Bailey said.

The fake release orders were mailed to Slater, who helped deliver them to the Orange County clerk of court's office, Bailey said.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the men had attorneys. Either jail records did not list lawyers for them or officials didn't immediately return email.

Jenkins and Walker were let out of the prison on Sept. 27 and Oct. 8, respectively, and they registered as ex-felons at the Orange County jail to keep the ruse going. The escape was discovered when a relative of Roscoe Pugh, who Jenkins murdered, asked the state attorney's office why Jenkins was out of prison. The state automatically notifies victims or their families when violent felons are being released.

Once discovered, Goodman helped the pair run from authorities, driving them to Panama City Beach and renting them a motel room, Bailey said. Goodman also served time in the Franklin County prison with Jenkins and Walker. He was arrested Dec. 19 in Panama City. The three other men charged were already in custody.

Bailey said the investigation was not over. "We're at six now, there are other leads, there's other evidence that may lead to other individuals and may lead to other arrests," he said.

The documents were written and produced in the prison using computers and printers in the law library. Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews said the agency is reviewing what it is constitutionally required to provide in-prison law libraries and will remove what is not required.

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