CODY, Wyo. — “I didn’t want to die in prison.”

That was the reason escaped killer Tracy Allen Province, 42, gave to a reporter who asked why he broke out of a private prison in Arizona, launching a wide-ranging search that ended with his capture Monday in Meeteetse, Wyo.

Province had been serving a life sentence for murder and robbery.

Province did not contest an Arizona warrant that included charges of escape, kidnapping and aggravated assault. He will be held in the Park County jail until authorities can arrange his transfer to Arizona.

Province appeared before Judge Bruce Waters on Tuesday morning wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles around his wrists and ankles. He acted relaxed and at ease and studied a copy of the charges against him.

He did not ask for an attorney. The hearing lasted less than five minutes.

Security at the Park County Courthouse was exceptionally rigorous, with at least 10 sheriff’s deputies, some carrying rifles, controlling access around the courtroom.

Waters explained to Province that he would be held “for a reasonable amount of time” to allow for his return to Arizona, and that if he was not picked up after 10 to 20 days, Province should notify the judge.

Waters said he did not expect that to be a problem, and Province agreed.

Province was one of three inmates who escaped, and the second to be captured. The search continues in Montana for escapee John McCluskey and his alleged accomplice, Casslyn Welch.

 


UPDATED: 10:35 a.m. : CODY, Wyo. — "I didn’t want to die in prison."

That was the reason escaped killer Tracy Allen Province, 42, gave a reporter who asked why he broke out of a private prison in Arizona, launching a wide-ranging search that ended with his capture Monday in Meeteetse, Wyo.

Province had been serving a life sentence for murder and robbery.

Province did not contest an Arizona warrant that included charges of escape, kidnapping and aggravated assault. He will be held in the Park County jail until authorities can arrange his transfer to Arizona.

Province appeared before Judge Bruce Waters on Tuesday morning wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles around his wrists and ankles. He acted relaxed and at ease, and studied a copy of the charges against him.

He did not ask for an attorney. The hearing lasted less than five minutes.

Security at the Park County Courthouse was exceptionally rigorous, with at least 10 sheriff’s deputies, some carrying rifles, controlling access around the courtroom.

Waters explained to Province that he would be held "for a reasonable amount of time" to allow for his return to Arizona, and that if he was not picked up after 10 to 20 days, Province should notify the judge.

Waters said he did not expect that to be a problem, and Province agreed.

Province was one of three inmates who escaped, and the second to be captured. The search continues in Montana for escapee John McCluskey and his alleged accomplice, Casslyn Welch.


UPDATED: 9:15 a.m. : CODY, Wyo. — Escaped killer Tracy Allen Province, 42, waived extradition to Arizona in a 5-minute arraignment in Cody this morning.

Province was captured Monday morning in Meeteetse, Wyo,, and was held overnight in the Park County jail.

He was arraigned in Circuit Court in Cody before Judge Bruce Waters and remains in custody.

Province will be transported to Arizona as soon as officials can make arrangements.

0
0
0
0
0