Texas inmate who escaped prison has been released
Texas inmate Scott C. Turner has been freed from prison on a $500,000 bond after he escaped from the prison in February 2016, and is now being treated for the stress and anxiety he suffered while in prison, according to his attorneys.
Turner was convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault, as well as aggravated kidnapping, robbery, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and aggravated assault on a police officer, according the Houston Chronicle.
Turner had spent more than two decades behind bars, but was freed in December, according a statement released by his attorneys Friday.
He was sentenced to life without parole for his role in the escape.
In a statement from his attorneys, they said they were “devastated and heartbroken” by the outcome.
Turner’s release from prison was expected, but his lawyers could not be immediately reached for comment Friday.
His release is part of a deal between Turner’s attorneys and prison officials, which includes his being placed on restricted release and being prohibited from contacting family and friends.
Turner, who is the son of a former prison guard, was sentenced for kidnapping and aggravated kidnapping.
He also was convicted on a charge of rape, attempted murder, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and possessing a firearm in a crime of violence.
In exchange for Turner’s cooperation, the government agreed to drop a second rape and assault charge, the Associated Press reported.
Turner also was sentenced in October for a separate attempted rape, and in February was sentenced on another charge of sexual assault.
Turner is serving a life sentence at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
He will not be eligible for parole until he is 85.