Chippewa Co. DA drops charges in 2010 Stanley prison escape case

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- A prosecutor has dropped criminal charges against two men who escaped from Stanley Prison in 2010.

Chippewa County District Attorney Steve Gibbs said his office dropped the charges against Jimmy Baldwin, 37, and Eddie Evans, 61, on July 11. Gibbs called Baldwin's case "strictly circumstantial," and said that he's already serving a 45-year prison sentence. He's currently in the Green Bay Correctional Institution. Gibbs added that he's been in a restricted setting and has had limited freedoms. He also said it wasn't a good use of tax dollars to continue prosecuting the case. Gibbs said Evans was going to Louisiana to serve an eight-year prison sentence in an unrelated case.

In January 2010, officers said Baldwin and Evans both got out of the prison by using documents that had been forged to make it look like their sentences had been reduced, and called for them to be released early. Baldwin left the prison when workers found the document was false. He made it to Milwaukee, where he was arrested. Evans got to Madison, where he was caught. Prison staff caught forged documents for a third inmate, Henry Spencer, 29, before he could get out early. Spencer entered a no contest plea, and was sentenced to a year and six months in prison and three years of extended supervision in January 2013.

The Department of Corrections said Spencer and Evans were once cellmates. Baldwin had been convicted of a gang-related murder in 1994.