Jail Escapees To Be Sentenced Friday

ELIZABETH—Otis Blunt and Jose Espinosa, the two men who escaped from the Union County Jail in December 2007, are scheduled to be sentenced on Friday morning before Union County Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue.

In May, both men pled guilty to third degree escape on the day their trial was to begin.

Authorities said the men fled on Dec. 14, 2007 by squeezing through a hole they had dug through a cinder block cell wall. They concealed the hole with a pinup photo, which drew comparisons with the 1994 Stephen King movie, “The Shawshank Redemption.”

The pair exited onto a third-floor rooftop, then leaped over a 25-foot-high fence topped with razor wire, according to officials.

The inmates had piled sheets under their blankets to make it appear they were sleeping, and guards didn’t raise an alarm until 5 p.m. on Dec. 15.

Espinosa was found on Jan. 8, 2008 in a basement apartment near the jail. Blunt was arrested the next day at a cheap hotel in Mexico City.

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