Oklahoma jail where inmate escaped had violations

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 1, 2014
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STIGLER — An inmate who escaped an east Oklahoma county jail ate turtles and drank pond water before his capture five days later. That’s according to Haskell County Sheriff Brian Hale, who says inmate Edward Branch took advantage of deficiencies at the jail in Stigler to make his escape.

The sheriff says Branch climbed behind the pipes in the wall of his jail cell and was able to reach the building’s roof. He was captured Monday while walking along Interstate 40.

According to a local television station, the Haskell County jail has been cited 10 times in the past three years for violations that include an insufficient number of jailers and a broken surveillance camera.

The sheriff says the jail staff is doing its best with the funding it receives.


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