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Timeline of Texas Prison Escape

December 13, 2000

Seven convicts escape from the Connally Unit in Kennedy, southeast of San Antonio, by overpowering civilian workers and prison employees.  Flee with stolen clothing, pickup truck and 16 guns.

December 15, 2000

Two fugitives suspected of stealing police radio scanners from suburban Houston Radio Shack.

December 24, 2000

Convicts suspected of robbing Oshman's Sporting Goods Store in Irving, Texas (near Dallas), kill Police Officer Aubrey Hawkins.  The robbers escaped with $70,000 in cash and checks, 25 weapons and clothing.

January 3, 2001

US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms charges the escapees with weapons violations.  Autopsy shows that Officer Hawkins was shot 11 times and was run over by a vehicle.

January 4, 2001

FBI agents in the Dallas area file separate federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid federal prosecution for capital murder, broadening the manhunt nationwide.

January 11, 2001

The Texas Board of Criminal Justice releases review of the escape, saying prison staff missed critical opportunities to prevent the escape by ignoring a fire alarm, not reporting unsupervised inmates and not demanding proper identification from inmates.

January 19, 2001

Texas officials demote warden and suspend three other prison workers.

January 22, 2001

Woodland Park, Colorado - Escapee Larry J. Harper committed Suicide after a brief stand-off with law enforcement officers.

January 22, 2001

Several escapees arrested in Woodland Park, Colorado without resistance when confronted by law enforcement officers.

August 29, 2001

George Rivas received death sentence.

January 28, 2002

Donald Newbury received death sentence.

May 9, 2002

Michael Rodriguez received death sentence.

February 13, 2003

Joseph Garcia received death sentence.

June 12, 2003

Randy Halprin receives death sentence.

November 20, 2003

Patrick Murphy, Jr. receives death sentence.