Unlocked yard gate helped 2 escape W. Pa. prison

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — An internal investigation shows a homicide suspect and another man were able to briefly escape from a county prison in western Pennsylvania after a guard left a gate unlocked that separated the prison’s main recreation yard from a minimum-security yard.

State police say 33-year-old Jason Roe and 27-year-old Rocco Iacovone (yawk-a-VOH’-nay) were captured about two hours after they escaped from the Greene County Prison on Saturday.

Warden Harry Gillespie says interviews with guards and surveillance footage shows the men were then able to use a picnic table to climb over the fence of the minimum-security yard.

Roe and his wife are awaiting trial in homicide charges in the August 2012 shooting death of 38-year-old Cordele Patterson. Prosecutors say Patterson was killed at a remote hunting cabin in a love triangle dispute.

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