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Inmate injured in escape attempt dies

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published June 26, 2013 at 6:26 a.m.

A 29-year-old inmate injured in an escape attempt Saturday at the Varner Unit in Grady died Tuesday night in Little Rock, the Arkansas Department of Correction said in a statement.

Vann Tucker died shortly before 9 p.m. at UAMS Medical Center.

Officials say Tucker attempted to escape Saturday morning, suffering head trauma after clearing an internal fence and then attempting to scale a "lethal fence" that carried 5,200 volts of electricity.

Tucker was serving a life sentence on 2009 convictions in Pope County of aggravated robbery, habitual offender and aggravated residential burglary. He previously was sentenced to 20 years on a second-degree murder charge, spending about seven years in prison before being paroled in 2008.

Tucker previously escaped from the Grimes Unit in Jackson County in 2002, authorities said, noting he made it out in the back of a dump truck but was quickly recaptured.

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arta says... June 26, 2013 at 7:43 a.m.

Did the gene pool just move up a notch?

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Walter says... June 26, 2013 at 12:13 p.m.

One less scumbag to care for...

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WowReally says... June 26, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.

Good, one less piece of fecal matter that taxpayers have to deal with. If you can't stand to serve your punishment, maybe you should think about the stuff you do to get put in that situation.

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dimebag says... June 26, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.

whats sad is that he was convicted of second degree murder and only spent 7 years in prison.

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RoyDaMercer says... June 26, 2013 at 4:06 p.m.

Saving taxpayers money 5200 volts at a time

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AmericasDoomed says... June 26, 2013 at 4:43 p.m.

We sure the inmates didn't have Bar-B-Q for lunch the next day?

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wasiworld says... June 26, 2013 at 6:18 p.m.

The comments below are embarrassing and disgraceful. I used to be proud to be an American and an Arkansan, but you people are sickening. Your collective intellect couldn't fill an eyedropper. DUH!

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gjo1957 says... June 26, 2013 at 6:28 p.m.

I don't know what got WASIWORLD's knickers in such a wad, I thought YUBANAR... comment was hilarious. But seriously, that electric fence was well posted. Sounds like a suicide to me.

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RoyDaMercer says... June 26, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.

Let me shed a tear for someone who took an innocent person's life who very well would have killed again if he had actually escaped.

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