- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

DAWSON, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania inmate who claimed he tried to pry open a jail door to access tobacco, not escape, has been acquitted of trying to bust out of a county lockup with three others in November.

A Fayette County jury acquitted 22-year-old Jesse Fisher of conspiracy and attempted escape charges on Tuesday.

Authorities say the Dawson man and three other inmates were caught on video trying to force open a steel door with mop and broom handles so they could escape out a window to an unguarded stairwell with outside access.

But Fisher testified the inmates were merely trying to open the door enough so another inmate could pass them a small package of tobacco.

Another inmate previously pleaded guilty to the escape-related charges, while two others are awaiting trial.

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