News Release: Florida Department of Law Enforcement
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey announced the arrest of six suspects in connection with the inmate escape scheme investigation. The suspects, all current and former Department of Corrections inmates, are charged with a combined 37 individual crimes.
Nydeed Nashaddai, 48, Suwannee Correctional Institution, 2 counts conspiracy to commit escape, 2 counts principal to escape.
Jeffrey Forbes, 30, Florida State Prison, 1 count escape, forgery, uttering a forgery and conspiracy to commit escape.
Joseph Jenkins, 34, Union Correctional Institution, escape, principle to escape, 2 counts conspiracy to commit escape, 6 counts forgery, 6 counts uttering a forgery.
Charles Walker, 35, Florida State Prison, 1 count escape.
Willie Slater Jr., 36, Orange County Jail, 2 counts principal to escape, 2 counts conspiracy to commit escape, 4 counts uttering a forgery, 1 count tampering.
Terrance Goodman, 37, Panama City, Fla., 1 count harboring a fugitive, 2 counts conspiracy to commit escape.
“FDLE investigators believe Nashaddai was the engineer of the scheme,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “He was the first to use it before passing his knowledge onto his fellow inmates.”
“The Department of Corrections takes very seriously its primary mission of protecting the safety of Florida’s families. I’d like to express our deepest gratitude to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for its hard work and due diligence in apprehending these suspects,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews. “The Department continues to work closely with our partners in the courts and law enforcement to prevent fraudulent inmate releases, and we have moved forward to outline additional verification requirements, review modified release orders, and evaluate existing inmate law library procedures.”
The investigation shows Nashaddai taught and assisted Jenkins and Forbes in their escape attempts and Jenkins’ subsequent escape in Sept. 2013. Jenkins forged release documents for inmate Walker who escaped in Oct. 2013.
Former inmate Slater helped on the outside ensuring the forged documents were delivered to the Orange County Clerk’s Office.
Goodman, a friend of Jenkins, drove Jenkins and Walker to Panama City and rented them a motel room.
Inmates Jenkins and Walker were serving life sentences for murder from Orange County. Both escaped from Franklin Correctional Institution after the Department of Corrections received fraudulent release documents from the Orange County Clerk of Court. Jenkins escaped on Sept. 27, 2013 and Walker escaped on Oct. 8, 2013.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, along with the Bay County Sheriff's Office, Panama City Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force arrested both inmates on Oct. 19, 2013 at Coconut Grove Motor Inn in Panama City Beach.
December 19, 2013, 3pm
Six people have been arrested in connection with the inmate escape scheme at the Franklin Correctional Institution.
They are reported to be all current and former inmates of the Department of Corrections.
Associated Press News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is announcing more arrests in the case of two murderers who used forged documents to get out of prison.
The department is holding a press conference Thursday to provide details of the arrests.
The agency has been investigating who helped Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker escape from a Franklin County prison and who later helped them hide from authorities when the mistaken release was discovered.
Jenkins and Walker were let out of the prison on Sept. 27 and Oct. 8, respectively, because of fake paperwork that reduced their life sentences to 15 years.
They were captured Oct. 19 in a Panama City Beach motel.
By: Matt Horn
November 4, 2013
Less than a month after two killers were fraudulently released from a prison in the Panhandle, lawmakers are now demanding answers. The state is looking to see if more inmates have been released by mistake.
A month ago Floridians were on high alert after two convicted killers were mistakenly released from a prison in the Panhandle because of forged release forms.
“It sounds like a big mistake,” said James Hahl in October. “It’s just not right.”
Now lawmakers like Senator Rob Bradley want answers behind the big mistake.
“I will tell you one thing,” said Senator Rob Bradley. “It is embarrassing for all of those who were involved because it’s unacceptable.”
Monday afternoon officials with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Clerk of Courts and Department of Corrections were meeting with lawmakers. Corrections Secretary Michael Crews says they are working to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
“We’ve got to make sure that we’re all working collectively together; because ultimately, this was a public safety issue,” said Michael Crews, Department of Corrections Secretary.
The DOC has 40 people across Florida looking to make sure are not any other fraudulent escape cases. After the release the DOC enacted a new rules to make sure felons do not wrongfully walk away from state prisons.
“Before we release any inmate – that we will ask the judge to authenticate that order was valid,” said Crews.
Several hearings are scheduled this week. Lawmakers say they’re going to keep asking the tough questions because at the end of the day they say the escape was a public safety issue.
“We in the Florida Senate are particularly outraged about what occurred and that is why we’re having these hearings,” said Bradley.
Lawmakers say after the meetings they will be able to gauge what all needs to be enacted to prevent a similar situation.
The Clerk of Courts is also reviewing their processes and FDLE is still investigating the wrongful release from October.