Parole for man who escaped prison in a helicopter

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Fort Morgan, Colo. (AP) - A man who escaped from a Colorado prison in a helicopter hijacked by his wife nearly 20 years ago has been paroled.

The Department of Corrections says 41-year-old Freddie Gonzales was paroled under intensive supervision Monday and is now living in Fort Morgan.

Gonzales and his cellmate escaped from the prison near Ordway in Southeastern Colorado after the men's wives pointed guns at the pilot of the helicopter they had rented and told him to land at the prison yard in August 1989.

The inmates and their wives then abandoned the helicopter 35 miles away and fled in a van they had rented. The pilot was tied up nearby but unhurt.

Gonzales and his three accomplices were later arrested in Nebraska. Gonzales was in prison for armed robbery at the time of his escape.

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