Tennessee inmate escapes from prison, then tried to sneak back with the contraband, an indictment says

Robert Fusco, 37, was charged with escape from a Tennessee prison only to try to sneak back in the day later a cache of contraband.

(Tennessee Department of Correction )

A Tennessee prisoner found escape from the prison was the easy part — getting back in proved to be much more difficult.

Robert Fusco, who is already serving a 68-year sentence for especially aggravated kidnapping, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in the prison, he escaped only to try to sneak back in days later with a cache of contraband.

Fusco, 37, escaped from the Morgan County Correctional Complex, a minimum security facility, on Jan. 5, and was captured two days later trying to smuggle drugs, mobile phones and tobacco into the prison, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

He was reportedly trying to sneak in illegal items to sell on the prison black market, the newspaper. Neither the state department of correction, nor the officers of justice have shown how Fusco escaped the prison.

Fusco was one of eight people, including two former prison guards, complained earlier this month as part of the contraband of the scheme.

Among those also charged was Fusco’s former cellmate, 30-year-old Jarrett Tolley, who is accused of smuggling hacksaw blades into the prison. He now identifies as a woman and lived under the name Alyssa Tolley, the newspaper.

William Richard, 68; Cecil Kendall, 35; and Ethan, a 26 – all the inmates of the Morgan County Correction Complex – were tasked with the help of Fusco in the contraband scheme.

All four inmates made brief appearances during an arrest Tuesday.

Josh Koster, 34, who served as a past president of the local correctional officials of the union, is accused of attempting to smuggle unspecified contraband into the prison by concealing the items under his groin,” said the Sentinel, with reference to the indictment paperwork.

Twenty-nine-year-old ex-correctional officer Megan Cheryl Jones was charged with having sexual contact with Fusco and also the smuggling of mobile phones into the prison.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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