- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

DENVER (AP) - A former Denver sheriff’s deputy who helped an inmate escape from jail was sentenced Friday to six years in prison, the maximum penalty allowed.

Matthew Andrews, 37, pleaded guilty to attempting to influence a public servant in November under a plea deal. Prosecutors dropped the original charge of aiding an inmate escape. He faced between two to six years in prison but was also eligible for probation.

Prosecutors say he helped Felix Trujillo (troo-HEE’-yoh) walk out of jail in a deputy’s baseball cap and jacket and then drove him away in April.

Trujillo was sentenced in August to 10 years for the escape. The Denver Post (https://bit.ly/1l5U99x ) reported that the judge said it wouldn’t be fair for Andrews not to get prison time, too.

Trujillo was awaiting sentencing for a 2012 home invasion when he escaped. He was also sentenced to 24 years for the home invasion. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Investigators say Andrews told co-workers that he helped Trujillo because he and his family had been threatened.


Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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