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Man pleads not guilty in deadly Iowa prison escape

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – A man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed a sheriff’s deputy and wounded another while escaping from an Iowa prison.

Online court records say 24-year-old Wesley Correa-Carmenaty submitted written pleas Tuesday to charges of murder, attempt to murder, escape, kidnapping, and other crimes. Are in process in western Iowa’s Pottawattamie County is scheduled to begin July 25.

Authorities say Correa-Carmenaty had just been sentenced on 1 May to 45 years in prison in an unrelated murder when he managed to grab one of the deputies’ guns while they being transferred to the jail in Council Bluffs. He shot them both and used the prison to escape.

The authorities say that he was recaptured, after he carjacked a woman at gunpoint and forced her to drive to Omaha, Nebraska.

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