“Accountability…Lacking” In Pa. Jail Escape

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Pennsylvania jail escapee Hugo Selenski turned himself in at his home last night after three days on the lam. Selenski, charged in two homicides, escaped from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility Friday evening. In June, police found five bodies, three burned, buried on the property.

“I’m looking forward to trial, that’s all there is to it,” Selenski told a Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reporter. “I’m innocent and that’s all there is to it. I wouldn’t have missed this trial for anything.”

Authorities went to the house Selenski shared with his girlfriend late Monday afternoon. The girlfriend refused to admit officers, but several hours later, Selenski’s attorney said that he would surrender.

The Times Leader quoted a county official as saying that the window Selenski and another inmate used to escape was not properly repaired from an earlier escape attempt, making it susceptible to being removed. Luzerne County Commissioner Stephen A. Urban said the two panes of the window were too small, too thin, poorly installed and secured only with caulking after a 1989 escape try from the same cell.

Urban said a mattress in Selenski’s cell had a large slit in it, making it possible for him to hide the 12 sheets he used to shimmy from the seventh-floor. Only one sheet, in addition to the four in Selenski’s cell, was unaccounted for on the entire cell block. “Accountability is definitely lacking,” Urban said.

Link: http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/news/7009256.htm

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