Inmate Who Escaped With Help Gets Life Term

Casey White says he won't drag Alabama jail officer's name 'through the dirt'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2023 7:17 AM CDT
Updated Jun 8, 2023 5:30 PM CDT
Escapee's Surprise Plea Comes With an Apology
Casey White and Vicky White.   (U.S. Marshals Service, Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
UPDATE Jun 8, 2023 5:30 PM CDT

An Alabama prisoner who escaped with the help of a jail officer—who later killed herself as the manhunt for them was ending—received a life sentence on Thursday. Casey White told the courtroom that he felt like the most hated man in the world but that he wouldn't drag his accomplice's name “through the dirt," the AP reports. He said she was the first person who had cared about him in six years. White agreed to a plea deal that brought life in prison without parole in the case, but he still has a capital murder trial coming up in August involving a 2015 killing.

May 8, 2023 7:17 AM CDT

A surprise guilty plea by an Alabama inmate means he won't face murder charges regarding the woman who helped his notorious escape last year. Casey White pleaded guilty to first-degree escape last week, and he will likely receive a life term at his sentencing in June, per the New York Times. “You’re probably just as surprised by today’s turn of events as we are,” his lawyer, Robert Tuten, said after the hearing. White, 39, escaped last spring with the help of corrections officer Vicky White, 56, with whom he had struck up a romantic relationship, per CNN.

They were on the run about two weeks before police caught up with them, at which point Vicky White died of what authorities believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Because her death occurred during Casey White's escape, he faced felony murder charges, but last week's plea negates that. Casey White already was serving a lengthy term for multiple violent offenses, and he still faces trial for a murder that occurred before his escape. While in court to make his plea, he apologized to Vicky White's mother and said the pair had been in love, per News19. "It wasn't supposed to go that way," he told her. (More Casey White stories.)

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