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Former Prison Guard Escapes from Texas State Jail

Charlie Davis, Jr.--a former Texas prison guard--escaped from the Wheeler State Jail in Plainview, Texas, on October 27, 2014.

Davis, 36, worked as a guard at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Clements Unit in Amarillo, a maximum-security prison, from April 2003 until February 2004 when he was fired for unspecified disciplinary violations.

Davis was serving a two-year, state-jail-felony sentence for a Swisher County theft when he escaped. He now faces felony escape charges which carry up to 20 years in prison.

TDCJ operates the state jails, which are detention facilities for persons convicted of committing state jail felonies, the lowest class of felonies in Texas. He was a trusty at the state jail and escaped by walking away from his job as a janitor at a work site located at Baltimore Street and Sixth Street in Plainview. He had been serving his sentence since June 2014.

In a typical over-reaction to the walk-away escape of a non-violent state jail trusty, Plainview locked down its public schools and Wayland Baptist College after the escape was discovered at around 9:00 a.m. Normal operations resumed the following day.

TDCJ spokesman Jason Clark refused to speculate on whether Davis's former occupation played a part in his escape. Sources:,

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