2 inmates in NJ ‘Shawshank’ escape get 5 years
ELIZABETH, N.J. — A New Jersey judge has given the maximum sentence of five years to two men whose jail breakout mirrored the movie “The Shawshank Redemption.”
Otis Blunt and Jose Espinosa escaped from the Union County Jail in December 2007 by squeezing through a hole they’d dug in a cinder block cell wall and covered with a pinup photo, a ploy depicted in the Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman movie from 1994.
They also left a taunting note that named a corrections officer who later committed suicide.
Blunt was acquitted of the robbery charge for which he’d been jailed.
Espinosa’s sentence was tacked on to a 17-year term he’s serving for aggravated manslaughter.
They were caught nearly a month after the escape — Espinosa in Elizabeth, Blunt in Mexico City.