Tucson Prisoner Stole a Truck and Tried to Escape, but He Just Ran Into a Fence

Convicted murderer Jimmy Odom's attempted escape from a Tucson prison today was pretty lame.

Odom's plan, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections, was to beat up a contracted worker who was driving a delivery truck into the prison, steal the truck, and drive to freedom by running down several layers of fencing.

Odom's attempt didn't last long.

He succeeded at beating up the worker and stealing the truck, but failed at the fence part -- he got through the first layer, but just ran the truck right into the outer fence, and got stuck there, according to ADC.

What makes Odom's attempt even more pathetic is that after the two fences he tried to break through, he still would've been in the prison. Odom actually failed at breaking through the fencing to his own housing unit.

Had Odom made it through those two fences, he would've had two more fences to break through that surround the perimeter of the complex, according to ADC. Armed officers also patrol the perimeter fences, ADC says.

Instead, he got through one fence, and a corrections officer restrained him right after he tried going through the second fence, ADC says.

Odom has called the Tucson prison complex home since 2004, after he was convicted of murder, burglary, armed robbery, and kidnapping in Coconino County. He's in there for life anyway.

Thanks to Odom's poor attempt at escaping, his entire unit -- the Cimarron unit -- has been locked down, according to ADC.

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Matthew Hendley
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