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State police lowered Mr. Davitt nearly to the water at about 2 p.m. He then jumped or fell from a height of about 10 feet and was immediately hauled onboard a boat.

The Tappan Zee bridge is a major crossing north of New York City that connects suburban Westchester and Rockland counties.

OKLAHOMA

Ex-warden’s wife gets prison in inmate escape

OKLAHOMA CITY — The wife of a former Oklahoma prison warden was sentenced Monday to a year in prison for helping a convicted killer escape from the Oklahoma State Reformatory 17 years ago, a prosecutor said.

Bobbi Parker, 49, could have been sentenced to up to 10 years behind bars after a jury found her guilty in September of helping convicted murderer Randolph Dial escape from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in 1994. Jurors recommended a one-year sentence, and that was what she got from Greer County District Judge Richard Darby, Assistant District Attorney David Thomas told the Associated Press by phone from the courthouse in Mangum.

Parker is appealing her conviction, and Judge Darby ordered her to remain in Department of Corrections’ custody pending the outcome of that appeal.

From wire dispatches and staff reports