Inmate serving life-sentence tries to escape Tucson prison
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An inmate attempted escape from a Tucson prison with a stolen delivery truck.
At approximately 8:40 a.m., inmate Jimmy Odom assaulted a contract employee working in the Cimarron Unit at the Arizona State Prison Complex, located at 1000 South Wilmot Road, and stole a delivery truck, according to Bill Lamoreauz with the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Odom threatened the driver with a sharp piece of metal.
Odom then drove through the Cimarron Unit interior fence before being stopped by the Unit's perimeter fence.
Odom was then restrained by a correctional officer.
The contract worker was hospitalized, but is expected to be okay, according to Jennifer Bowser with the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Bowser tells KGUN9 that the Cimarron Unit, which houses 745 inmates, was placed on lock down and neighbors near the prison complex were alerted of the incident.
Odom is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, burglary, armed robbery and kidnapping convictions. He was sentenced out of Coconino County.
He will be transported to a maximum-security prison in Florence, according to Bowser.