Inmate who escaped state prison twice dies

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - A convicted killer who escaped during the deadly 1973 riot at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary and eventually fled the prison again has died.
Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie said Tuesday that 76-year-old Garland Rex Brinlee Jr. died Friday of natural causes at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
Brinlee was serving a life sentence for arranging the 1971 death of Bristow teacher Fern Bolding, whose pickup truck exploded when she started it.
Bolding's husband was scheduled to testify against Brinlee in a theft case.
In 1973, Brinlee and two other inmates escaped from the state penitentiary during a riot that killed three prisoners and destroyed much of the prison. He was captured in Mississippi.
In 1976, Brinlee escaped the prison again, but surrendered a few days later.


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