Video shows deadly jailbreak; Man who pleaded guilty in deputy's death sentenced to life
OMAHA, Neb. – The man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to murdering an Iowa sheriff's deputy in a brazen jail escape will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Video footage of the shooting of two Pottawattamie County deputies during the jail break last May provided "overwhelming evidence" and helped lead to a murder conviction, according to Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber.
Wilber showed reporters the video depicting what happened inside the sally port at the jail when Wesley Correa-Carmenaty shot the deputies and fled in a jail van.
The 24-year-old Carmenaty was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of Deputy Mark Burbridge and wounding of deputy Pat Morgan.
The video showed Carmenaty was not shackled when he returned to the jail after an appearance in court earlier that May morning. Wilber said officials believe another inmate at the jail gave Carmenaty a key to his handcuffs for his escape.
The video shows Carmenaty attacking Burbridge when he was getting out of the van and a gunshot is clearly heard. Wilber earlier said Carmenaty had a shank he used to attack Deputy Burbridge.
After shooting Burbridge, Carmenaty ran around to the open driver's side door and jumped in the van. That's when Morgan tried to stop Carmenaty and was shot.
Carmenaty then drove the van through the closed door of the sally port, making his escape from the jail.
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