An Alabama felon who escaped prison last year with the help of a jail official who later shot herself in the head rather than face arrest, according to authorities, has been sentenced to life in prison.
Casey White, 39, addressed a Lauderdale County courtroom Thursday after pleading guilty to escape in exchange for a felony murder charge involving Vicky White’s death being dropped. He agreed to the maximum sentence of life without parole.
“I feel like the most hated man in the world. I loved Vicky and I wouldn’t drag her name through the mud for anyone in this courtroom,” White told the court, according to WHNT. “Vicky took me out because she said, ‘right was right. Wrong is wrong.’ First person to show me affection. First person to give me a hug in six years.”
“I apologize to her family because she said that’s the only thing she regretted… leaving her family,” he reportedly added.
WHY CASEY WHITE WAS IN VICKY WHITE’S ALABAMA COUNTY JAIL TO BEGIN WITH, EXPLAINED
The pair was on the run for 11 days following Casey White’s escape from the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Florence in April 2022. Law enforcement eventually caught up to them in Evansville, Indiana.
Rather than face arrest, Vicky White – who worked as the assistant director of corrections at the jail — shot herself in the head, according to authorities. Casey White, who had claimed previously he wanted to be killed by police and who told investigators after his recapture that he had wanted to go down shooting, put up no resistance and surrendered.
Investigators at the Alabama county jail would later tell investigators that Vicky White gave her alleged jailhouse lover special treatment, according to Sheriff Rick Singleton.
“Investigators received information from inmates at the Lauderdale County Detention Center over the weekend that there was a special relationship between Director White and inmate Casey White,” Singleton said last year. “That relationship has now been confirmed through our investigation by independent sources and means.”… (Read more)