The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

February 5, 2013

Court filing: Inmates to plead guilty in abduction

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The inmates had been working as groundskeepers at the Louisiana State Police compound when authorities said they stole a van and drove off.

Both men were serving long prison sentences at the time. Wedgeworth was serving time for armed robbery and was set to be released in 2023. Pierce was locked up for attempted second-degree murder and was scheduled for release in 2024.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety has said it was using about 160 inmate workers, known as trusties, for various jobs at the State Police compound when Wedgeworth and Pierce escaped.

Authorities have said Wedgeworth is from Memphis, Tenn. Pierce is from of Bogalusa, La.

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