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Officers, staff prevent 2 attempted escapes at Marcy facilities this month

A resident at the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy attempted to escape the facility Thursday morning, which makes the second attempted prison escape in the area this month.

Posted: Oct 15, 2020 4:01 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2020 4:37 PM

MARCY, N.Y. – A resident at the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy attempted to escape Thursday morning, which makes the second attempted escape at a Marcy facility this month. 

The New York State Office of Mental Health released the following statement regarding the incident Thursday:

“A resident of the Sex Offender Treatment Program at CNYPC was apprehended by staff after unsuccessfully attempting to scale the double set of fences at the facility.”

Earlier this month, an inmate at Marcy Correctional Facility also attempted to escape by scaling a perimeter fence.

James Miller of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, says the 52-year-old inmate who tried to escape is serving a sentence of 25 years to life.

The incident occurred on Oct. 1 around 4:35 p.m., when the inmate was seen walking down a sidewalk toward the infirmary. When an officer questioned him, the inmate ran toward the fence, climbing up as far as the top razor wire.

The officer sprayed pepper spray at the inmate three times, and he fell to the ground. The inmate was then restrained and removed from the area.

After the escape attempt, he was transferred to Five Points Correctional Facility and placed in a special housing unit. Criminal charges are pending, according to Miller.

The inmate was convicted of murder and arson in 1988, after two teenage girls died when he set fire to a residence in Rensselaer County. His conviction was overturned in 2018, and he was retried and convicted again.

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