Wagoner inmate attempts to escape again


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Updated: 10/23/2013 9:19 pm Published: 10/23/2013 6:22 pm


An inmate who escaped from the Wagoner County Jail in July tried to do it again over the weekend by digging a hole in his cell. It's a story you will only see on FOX23.

Wagoner sheriff Bob Colbert told FOX23 the hole was above the toilet and jailers couldn't see it because of the privacy wall. It wasn't until deputies went to take the inmate to court that they realized he had other plans.

The jailer's found the hole when they were cleaning out Larry Cotton’s cell after he left for court. It's a hole about 6 inches deep. That's deep enough to reach the steel flooring before the inmate saw he couldn't dig anymore.

"We picked him up Friday and over the weekend he dug him a nice hole in his cell trying to escape again," Colbert said.

FOX23 was at the jail when deputies arrested Cotton when he escaped in July. This week, he pleaded guilty to robbery and escape charges. Deputies brought him back to Wagoner when Cotton tried to run again.

"That part of the cell was not accessible to the guards," said Colbert.

Colbert showed FOX23 Reporter Dontaye Carter the repairs they are making in the cell. He says he's not sure what the inmate used to dig but says jailers couldn't see what he was doing because of a privacy wall inmates have to use the restroom.

"Every once in a while you get one that's a true criminal," said Colbert.

Colbert says Cotton refused to eat over the weekend and he believes it was to try to lose enough weight to fit through the hole to escape before he's taken to prison.

"But again he's just looking at a lot more time added on to the 25 he just pled guilty too," said Colbert. "We're going to make this a safe place to live."

Cotton faces attempted escaping charges, which could add another 10 years to his sentence.


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Mayor Maynot - 10/24/2013 8:51 AM
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Put him in high security lockup with a chain clasped to his ankles.
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