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Guard let inmate talk on phone before escape

November 22, 2005

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— A guard gave an inmate serving a 41-year sentence a cell phone to call his wife three weeks before the couple mounted a bloody escape at a county courthouse that killed a fellow prison guard.

Officer Randall Ridenour admitted during an internal affairs interview that he allowed inmate George Hyatte to use his phone to call Jennifer Hyatte, prisons spokeswoman Amanda Sluss said Monday.

Ridenour also made a call to Jennifer Hyatte, Sluss said. The content of the calls remains under investigation, she said.

Ridenour was relieved of duty.

Jennifer Hyatte, 31, entered no plea at an arraignment Monday.

Police say the former prison nurse ambushed two guards as they were leading George Hyatte, 34, to a prison van Aug. 9.

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