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Four charged with helping prisoners escape from Florida state prison
ORANGE COUNTY -- Four people are facing charges for *helping* two convicted murders walk free from a Florida State Prison.
Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker were serving life sentences for murder from Orange County.
Two months ago, both escaped from Franklin Correctional Institution after the Department of Corrections received fraudulent release documents from the Orange County Clerk of Court.
More on the people who helped them escape.
Joseph Jenkins walked out of prison on September 27th. Charles Walker escaped from the same prison on October 8th. Both used nearly identical forged documents.
The two convicted murders serving life were re-captured at a Panama City Beach motel on October 19th. In the two months since, officials have been combing through cell phone records, printers, computers and more.
Gerald Bailey FDLE Commissioner.
FDLE created this poster to explain how the scheme worked.
The ringleader is a former Pinellas County inmate who used similar documents to escape in 2009 but was quickly recaptured.
Panama City resident is the only non inmate arrested. He is charged with helping the two escapees check into a hotel.
Investigators say the forged documents were created in the prison library and funneled as legal mail to a yet to be charged attorney. Corrections officials say they are checking their options in limiting future mail.
Michael Crews Corrections Secretary
Investigators say they are still pursuing leads...including the attorney who may have helped.
A twenty thousand dollar reward is still on the table for anyone who helps in the investigation.