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TheDailyBeast: The Greatest Prison Escapes

John B. Connally Prison, Texas (2000)

A nondescript maximum-security prison located just outside the small town of Kenedy, Texas, it gained notoriety in December of 2000 when seven men made a brazen attempt at an escape—and succeeded. Led by George Rivas, a career criminal serving 18 life terms, the men escaped after overtaking maintenance officers through use of an ax, hijacking a van, and then driving out of the prison in civilian clothes. Ranging in age from 23 to 39, the so named Texas Seven were front and center on "America’s Most Wanted" until four were recaptured a little more than a month later.



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