“Prison Houdini” To Make Legal Escape After 36 Years

Source: CBS News Miami

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A man known as a “prison Houdini” for a series of jail escapes could see the opportunity for his first legal escape dashed after 36 years in prison.

Florida’s parole board will decide Wednesday whether Mark DeFriest’s parole should be rescinded.

Source: CBS News Miami
Source: CBS News Miami

DeFriest didn’t wait for his father’s will to be executed in 1979 before taking the mechanic tools left to him, and he was convicted of stealing them in 1980. His original four-year sentence spiraled into a virtual life term after a series of escapes and disciplinary issues.

But the parole commission voted more than a year ago to reduce his sentence and DeFriest hoped to be released this year. The board now is reconsidering its decision based on disciplinary issues since the original vote.

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