Former jailer sentenced in escape attempt

DURANT, Okla. (AP) - A former Bryan County jailer has been sentenced to three years in prison for helping an inmate escape.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Michael Groff was sentenced Wednesday to five years, with two years suspended, for providing a prisoner a useful aid to escape.

Prosecutors allege Groff gave a handcuff key to 18-year-old Billy Joe Wallace, who escaped for about 20 minutes after a court appearance on May 27 before being caught by police.

Wallace's 19-year-old girlfriend also has been charged with assisting an escape and is scheduled for arraignment Oct. 20.
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Information from: Durant Daily Democrat,
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/

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