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Recaptured New Mexico Inmate: I Had Fun

Getting out of shackles was easy, he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2016 2:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – The second of two violent felons to escape from a prison van in New Mexico was recaptured on Saturday—and Lionel Clah wasn't exactly repentant. After he was arrested without a fight in Albuquerque, the 29-year-old inmate told reporters he "just had fun" after the escape, NBC News reports. Asked how he managed to get out of leg irons, belly chains, and handcuffs after getting out of the prison van, he said they "just fell off," adding: "Spend 10 years in prison, and you'll figure that out." Police say Clah, who is serving a 30-year sentence for such crimes as armed robbery, surrendered peacefully after a woman called police and told them he was in her apartment, KRQE reports. Police say the woman knows Clah, but it's not clear whether she helped him after his escape. (Read more New Mexico stories.)

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