Escaped Angola prisoners captured in Natchez

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 24, 2003

NATCHEZ – Two inmates who escaped from Angola State Peniteniary Wednesday morning – a pair that also escaped from the facility 20 years ago – were captured Wednesday afternoon in Natchez by police, authorities said.

The men, who were both originally from Texas, were identified as Phillip Schane, 40, who was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder from Iberville Parish, La., and Lefty Valverde, 53, who was serving 99 years for armed robbery from Jefferson Parish.

The men allegedly escaped from the prison aboard a cotton truck just after the 11 a.m. prisoner count. The two jumped off the truck at a cotton gin in the Anna community of Adams County and caught a ride back into Natchez.

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An Adams County resident who works at Angola, but whose name was not available Wednesday, saw the two jump from the cotton truck and called police with a description of the vehicle that gave them a ride back into town.

The vehicle was stopped on Lynda Lee Drive near Central Alternative School by three police detectives and three other officers, one of whom was accompanied by a police dog.

See Thursday’s edition of The Natchez Democrat for more on this story.