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Escaped Florida Convicts Back In Custody

Eric Parra |
October 19, 2013 | 5:01 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Officials say forging documents isn't as difficult as it should be, and the problem is being investigated (wikimedia/creativecommons)
Officials say forging documents isn't as difficult as it should be, and the problem is being investigated (wikimedia/creativecommons)
The Florida manhunt came to an end on Saturday when the two prisoners who were released through bogus documents were caught again.

The Florida Law Enforcement said that the two escapees, Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, were taken into custody together at a motel by the Panama City Beach.

See Also: Florida Killers Escape Prison

Both prisoners had already been sentenced to life, but were able to walk free days before registering into the Law Enforcement Department by providing paperwork incorrectly sentencing them to a shorter term of 15 years.

Because they did register as they were legally entitled to, it was much harder to notice that the sentence had been altered. The two were discovered after the families of their victims were notified of the release, which is an automatic process through a computer voice generated phone call.

The Law Enforcement Department and Corrections Facilities have been looking into where the error originally stemmed from, but have come up short so far. Currents leads say that it is likely the signature of a judge that is easily accessible had been copied and placed on to the documents to give them a pseudo legal proof of their shortened sentence.

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