Tulsa Man Attempts Jailbreak with 11 Days Left to Serve

Sometimes, enough is enough. At least, it seems as if that is what one Tulsa man was thinking when he escaped from a halfway house 11 days before his sentence was to be complete. Now, the man who had less than two weeks until his release can look forward to another 15 months behind bars. You would think if anyone would know better, it would be Jerome Dwight Dale. After all, the sentence he was serving in federal prison in Anchorage, Alaska, was the result of a prior prison escape. He exchanged 11 more days in a halfway house for more than a year in federal prison when he was sentenced this week in United States District Court for the District of Alaska. In sentencing the Oklahoma man, U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline called Dale's act "stupid, senseless, and consistent" with his prior criminal history. Occasionally throughout history, there is a jailbreak or prison escape that is truly dramatic: a bank robber in Greece escaped from prison when his brother landed a helicopter in the prison's exercise yard. The man simply climbed aboard and left. Unbelievably, when he was recaptured two years later, he escaped from the same prison--again in a helicopter. Other escapes are much less dramatic, but still temporarily effective. Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, who was representing himself at trial, asked a judge during court recess for permission to do some research in the law library. The judge acquiesced, and Bundy walked into the library and out a window. He was captured six months later. The key element in virtually every jailbreak, however, is the eventual recapture of the escaped inmate. It may take months or years to recapture a fugitive, but in most cases, it only takes a few days or even hours. When the escaped inmate is returned to the courtroom, he or she faces further prison time as punishment for the escape from justice. Of course, those are only the cases in which an inmate is successful at getting beyond the prison walls. In many cases, the attempt to escape fails completely. This guy in Brazil attempted to escape through a hole in the wall, and while an accomplice made it out, he got stuck and had to scream for help. Note the guards laughing at him in the background: [caption id="attachment_4344" align="aligncenter" width="636"]http://gizmodo.com/5966806/this-dumb-prisoner-got-stuck-in-this-hole-trying-to-escape/ http://gizmodo.com/5966806/this-dumb-prisoner-got-stuck-in-this-hole-trying-to-escape/[/caption] There is also this guy, whose perfect disguise was somehow detected by guards when he tried to walk away from prison dressed drag: [caption id="attachment_4346" align="aligncenter" width="450"]http://www.instantcheckmate.com/crimewire/13-stupidest-attempts-escape-prison/ http://www.instantcheckmate.com/crimewire/13-stupidest-attempts-escape-prison/[/caption] And let us not forget the two prisoners who attempted to escape by stealing a prison transport van that stopped in Oklahoma to get help for a sick inmate. Lester Burns and Michael Coleman apparently forgot that the first rule of a group escape is to make sure everyone on board is, well, on board: a fellow inmate called 9-1-1 to report the escape. Inmate Joshua Silverman seemed to have more sense than his fellow prisoners. He told the 9-1-1 operator, "Uh, yes, ma'am, you're probably not going to believe this, but I'm a prisoner in a van, and I'm here with a couple of these other cats. A couple of the guys that were in the van jacked the van . . . at the hospital. . . . We're in Oklahoma somewhere. I don't know because we're not on a road and I'm not from here. I just don't want to get shot by no cops or nothing." While a total of 8 inmates were in the van during the brief escape, 6 remained with the vehicle as Burns and Coleman fled. The two escapees were quickly recaptured. Let's face it--no one wants to go to prison, and everyone inside wants out as quickly as possible. However, there are legal ways to reduce your sentence through appeal and parole. Escaping may seem like a good idea, but trust us--it's not. Just ask Dale, who instead of being free RIGHT NOW will be spending the next year in lockup.

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