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Jury convicts escaped inmate

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He managed to bust out of jail, but was free just a few hours. Now, a Pinellas County inmate is looking at spending a long time behind bars after a jury convicted him Thursday on a felony escape charge.

The jury spent the past three days listening to lawyers, as well as audio and videotape evidence like this.

"Remember, I told you to look for that doctored paper I had," said Nydeed Nashaddai on video.

Prosecutors said while awaiting trial on forgery charges, he used the same skills that landed him behind bars to break out of the Pinellas County jail.

Our investigation last year showed how a phony document, filed with the Clerk of the Court and signed by the chief judge called for the dismissal of all charges allowing Nydeed Nashaddi to walk right out of jail—until he was caught in Pinellas Park just 16 hours later.

In court, prosecutors called the Chief Judge J. Thomas McGrady as a star witness. But the most incrimination evidence was the jail recordings.

"Can you see that signature, that's what I need," Nashaddai is seen on video saying.

"He writes in print, 'Thomas McGrady, I need that document with his signature on it," said prosecutor Kelly McKnight.

His defense attorney argued there was no orchestrated plan, but rather a paperwork a mix-up that let him out. The attorney argued the 45 year old was now being prosecuted to cover up the mistake.

But the jury didn't buy it, and convicted Nydeed Nashaddai after just a few hours of deliberation.

Now that the jury has found him guilty, he'll no doubt be looking at a lot more time behind bars.
The maximum sentence for an escape charge is 15 years.

The clerk's office says it is looking at new technology which would allow criminal court judges to sign documents electronically, and provide much better security.
 

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