Two inmates, one convicted of first-degree murder, were caught Wednesday night after they apparently were trying to escape through the fences.
Guards spotted two inmates running toward a security fence at the Oquirrh Facility about 7:50 p.m., said Corrections spokesman Dave Franchina. One of the inmates was apprehended immediately. The second was caught later somewhere between two perimeter fences. He apparently had climbed the first fence, Franchina said.The two inmates were Tracy Eugene Smith, 23, of San Bernadino, Calif., and Michael Post, 22, of West Valley City.
Franchina said Smith was serving a sentence for first-degree murder in Beaver County. He entered the prison in 1988 and was not scheduled to be considered for parole for at least 20 years. Post was serving 0-to-5 and 1-to-15-year sentences from Salt Lake County for possession of a controlled substance, theft and attempted escape.
Franchina said it had been several years since an inmate had attempted to escape and made it between the two security fences.