Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Killer, 64, Escapes Prison.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Arley Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

Ex-Duke City Investor Has Medical Problems

A former Albuquerque real estate investor with a medical condition was still being sought Friday evening after his escape from a Los Lunas minimum-security prison Thursday night.

Jerry Vernon, 64, managed to slip away from the geriatric unit at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility, despite serious heart problems and diabetes, Corrections spokesman Gerges Scott said.

"He (Vernon) was in his bed at 10:30 p.m. Thursday when they were doing bed checks," Scott said Friday. "When they came back around at around 11:45 p.m., he was gone."

Scott said an investigation is being conducted to determine how Vernon got away from the unit, which is surrounded by two security fences. …

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