Timeline of Texas Prison Escape

Dec. 13, 2000
Seven convicts escape from the Connally Unit in Kennedy, southeast of San Antonio, by overpowering civilian workers and prison employees. They flee with stolen clothing, a pickup truck, and 16 guns.

Dec. 15, 2000

Two of the fugitives are suspected of stealing police radio scanners from suburban Houston Radio Shack.

Dec. 24, 2000
Convicts suspected of robbing Oshman's Sporting Goods Store in Irving, Texas (near Dallas), kill Irving Police Officer Aubrey Hawkins. The robbers escaped with $70,000 in cash and checks as well as 25 weapons and clothing.

Jan. 3, 2001
US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms charges the escapees with weapons violations. Autopsy shows that officer Hawkins was shot 11 times and was run over by a vehicle.

Jan. 4, 2001
FBI agents in the Dallas area file separate federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid federal prosecution for capital murder, broadening the manhunt nationwide.

Jan. 11, 2001

The Texas Board of Criminal Justice releases review of the escape, saying prison staff missed critical opportunities to prevent the escape by ignoring a fire alarm, not reporting unsupervised inmates, and not demanding proper identification from inmates.

Jan. 19, 2001
Texas officials demote warden and suspend three other prison workers.

Jan. 22, 2001

Woodland Park, Colorado - Escapee Larry J. Harper commits suicide after a brief stand-off with law enforcement officers.

Jan. 22, 2001
Several escapees arrested in Woodland Park, Colorado without resistance when confronted by law enforcement officers.

Aug. 29, 2001
George Rivas receives death sentence.

Jan. 28, 2002
Donald Newbury receives death sentence.

May 9, 2002

Michael Rodriguez receives death sentence.

Feb. 13, 2003
Joseph Garcia receives death sentence.

June 12, 2003
Randy Halprin receives death sentence.

Nov. 20, 2003

Patrick Murphy, Jr. receives death sentence.