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P.E.I. man who escaped from jail through a window pleads guilty

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P.E.I. Supreme Court and P.E.I. Court of Appeal - Ryan Ross

A P.E.I. man who was one of two people who escaped from the Provincial Correctional Centre through a window in April has pleaded guilty.

On Wednesday morning Murray James Todd, 31, entered a plea in P.E.I. Supreme Court to one count of prison breach.

Todd and his co-accused Brandon Jeffrey Quinn escaped from the jail on April 12 after breaking a window in Todd’s cell.

They then escaped through the window and fled on foot into nearby woods before ending up in a swamp, turning around and heading off in another direction.

The court heard a cell check found the two men were missing, which led to a police search that included the use of a drone and a police dog.

After receiving several tips, the police located both men at different locations and arrested them.

Last month, P.E.I. Supreme Court Justice James Gormley sentenced Quinn to one year in jail for escaping from the jail.

At the time of the escape, Quinn had a prior record that included a conviction for mischief after he and another inmate climbed through an unlocked ceiling hatch.

They made their beds to look like they were still in them while they were out of the cell.

The lock on the hatch was broken at the time.

In that case, Quinn and the co-accused told police they were looking for materials to construct a still to make homebrew.

Todd is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 19 for sentencing.

Ryan Ross is the justice reporter for The Guardian

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