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Report: Prisoner Escapee Is Ex-Milwaukee Gang Member

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - One of the 2 state prisoners who used phony paperwork to escape from Stanley last month was a Milwaukee gang member doing time for murder. According to Journal Sentinel columnist Dan Bice, Jimmy Baldwin made it back to Milwaukee before he was arrested. Wednesday, he was transferred to the state prison in Waupun. The 32-year-old Baldwin is serving 73 years for a 1994 incident in which he and other Vice Lords shot 40 bullets into what they thought was a rival gang’s drug house. A by-stander, 38-year-old Robert Baker, was killed while standing outside the house. Baldwin unsuccessfully appealed his sentence twice.

State prison officials have said very little about the incident – and it was never made public until Bice wrote about it on Monday. He said Baldwin and an unnamed inmate used prison records that somebody on the outside doctored up – and employees let both go free. John Husz, the warden of Milwaukee’s Secure Detention Facility, confirmed the arrest. Stanley Police Chief Roy Fredrickson is leading a criminal investigation of the escapes. He told the Herald in Chippewa Falls that prison officials are now double and triple checking records before letting inmates go. Stanley Mayor David Jankoski has called on state officials to explain what happened – and how they intend to fix it.

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