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A convicted murderer has been sentenced to life in prison — which had occurred almost 20 years ago, from the same Alabama jail — never to escape for a second time Tuesday, in spite of the state’s Department of Corrections are reporting that.
The Alabama Department of Corrections initially said to Steve, Ray, Murphy, 64, to the left, Approx. Clair Correctional Facility, about 30 miles northeast of Birmingham after midnight on Tuesday morning. The prison administration said in its press release that the House was back in custody less than eight hours later, without providing details.
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However, the department later reneged, and the meaning of an escape notification was being sent as a precautionary measure, if the prisoner was not in his assigned position in the facility. In the house, “was not intended to be, nor took any action to attempt an escape,” the states said in the second press release. “The facility remains safe, secure, and all of the inmates are being handled.”
He was placed in a separate section of the prison, as the facility was swept away in order to find him.
In this undated photo released by the Alabama Department of Corrections, shows Steve Ray in the House, who is serving a life sentence for the murder, and records that show the escape from the Pcs. Clair Correctional facility in less than 20 years ago. (Alabama Department of Corrections)
In 2001, Murphy and five other inmates escaped from the same maximum-security men’s prison in Springville, Ala., after the jump, a faulty electric fence, CNN reported at the time. He was convicted and sentenced in the same year, from which to escape. The state Department of Corrections, and the state troopers used K-9 units and a helicopter, in addition to the manning of road closures in the area during the search for the six men.
The prison guards were complaining about the fence since it was first installed at the factory for five years. The St’s. Close-up facility that has reportedly been plagued with violence and other safety issues, like broken door locks.
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Murphy was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1984 after being convicted of murder in the countryside, in the northern part of the Area. He also has convictions for robbery, theft and burglary, according to court documents. The jail and court records show he has two other convictions in order to escape from it, including the one that came after he fled to the Colbert County Jail in 1983, with a facility in Tuscumbia, Ala., where he was being held at his death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.