Escaped El Dorado Inmates on Their Way Back

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Two inmates who escaped from the state prison at El Dorado last month have waived extradition in New Mexico and will be sent back to Kansas.

Jesse Bell and Steven Ford escaped October 28th, and a former prison guard is accused of helping them. The three were arrested in Grants, New Mexico early October 31st.

New Mexico authorities are discussing a timetable for trying Bell and Ford on crimes they are accused of committing there. A grand jury has indicted Ford on five criminal charges and Bell on three.

Amber Goff, a 23-year-old single mother of two who is accused of helping the men escape, waived extradiction earlier this week. She will be returned to Butler County to face two charges related to the escape.

No decision has been made on whether the three will face any federal charges.

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