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Florida Prison Mistakenly Frees Two Inmates UPDATE

Cut through rock with a butter knife? Set up an elaborate plan to sneak out in the middle of the night?

Pffft. The best way to break out of the clink, apparently, is to forge some papers.

Two inmates were mistakenly set free from a Florida prison and are now roaming free.

Apparently the inmates had paperwork forged well enough to fool officials at at the Franklin Correctional Institution in Carrabelle.

The phony paperwork said the inmates' sentences had been reduced.

Charles Walker, 34, was serving a life sentence for a second-degree murder committed in 1999. Joseph Jenkins, 34, was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in 1998.

Now both men are free thanks to some nifty forging, falsifying documents from the Orange County Clerk of Courts.

Michael Crews, Florida Department of Corrections secretary, released a statement Wednesday night alerting authorities and the public that the men were set free erroneously.

In April 1999, Walker shot and killed 23-year-old Cedric Slater. At the time, Walker told investigators that Slater had been harassing and bullying him and that the shots fired were intended to frighten him.

In September 1998, Jenkins and his cousin shot and killed Roscoe Pugh, 28, a father of six, during a home invasion.

The Florida Department of Corrections website listed Walker and Jenkins as each having a 15-year prison sentence.

For the moment, Orlando police are helping search for the two men.

Update: The Florida Department of Corrections website has released the latest photos of Walker and Jenkins:

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