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Authorities hunt for 2 killers who escaped Florida prison with forged court documents
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A manhunt is on for two convicted killers who escaped from a Florida prison using forged court documents.
Joseph Jenkins walked out of prison three weeks ago, despite a life sentence. A week later, Charles Walker, who was also serving life, also was released.
It's not clear who made the fake documents ordering their release. Authorities say the paperwork in both cases was filed in the last couple of months and included forged signatures from the same prosecutor's office and Chief Circuit Judge Belvin Perry. The documents also called for 15-year sentences.
Perry says there were several red flags that should have attracted the attention of the court clerk's office or the Corrections Department.
The state Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Corrections are investigating the error but so far have not released any details.
Meanwhile, prison officials and prosecutors across the state are reviewing records to make sure no other inmates have been let out early.