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Six charged in Fla. convicts' prison escape

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced six arrests in the case of two murderers who used forged documents to get out of prison.

The agency has been investigating who helped Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker escape from a Franklin County prison and who later helped them hide from authorities when the mistaken release was discovered.

Jenkins and Walker were let out of the prison on Sept. 27 and Oct. 8, respectively, because of fake paperwork that reduced their life sentences to 15 years.

They were captured Oct. 19 in a Panama City Beach motel.

Arrested and charged:

  • Nydeed Nashaddai, 48, Suwannee Correctional Institution, 2 counts conspiracy to commit escape, 2 counts principal to escape.
  • Jeffrey Forbes, 30, Florida State Prison, 1 count escape, forgery, uttering a forgery and conspiracy to commit escape.
  • Joseph Jenkins, 34, Union Correctional Institution, escape, principle to escape, 2 counts conspiracy to commit escape, 6 counts forgery, 6 counts uttering a forgery.
  • Charles Walker, 35, Florida State Prison, 1 count escape.
  • Willie Slater Jr., 36, Orange County Jail, 2 counts principal to escape, 2 counts conspiracy to commit escape, 4 counts uttering a forgery, 1 count tampering.
  • Terrance Goodman, 37, Panama City, Fla., 1 count harboring a fugitive, 2 counts conspiracy to commit escape.

"FDLE investigators believe Nashaddai was the engineer of the scheme," said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. "He was the first to use it before passing his knowledge onto his fellow inmates."

The investigation reportedly showed Nashaddai taught and assisted Jenkins and Forbes in their escape attempts and Jenkins' subsequent escape in Sept. 2013. Jenkins is accused of forging release documents for inmate Walker, who escaped in Oct. 2013.

Former inmate Slater allegedly helped on the outside, ensuring the forged documents were delivered to the Orange County Clerk's Office.

Goodman, a friend of Jenkins, is accused of driving Jenkins and Walker to Panama City and renting them a motel room.

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