Henry Pearson urged his nephew Joseph Jenkins, one of the Florida escapees, to give his family some peace and turn his self into law enforcement immediately. Charles Walker's mother Lilly Danza pleaded during a news conference in Orlando that she wanted her escaped son to turn himself into someone he trusts, so he can be "returned safely" to the prison officials he tricked into releasing him, according to CNN's news report on Oct. 20.
The two escapees didn't listen, choosing to keep running from the law even after following procedure by registering at the Orange County Jail three days from the date of each of their unauthorized release from prison.
In Jenkins' case he was released on Sept. 27 and then showed up on Sept. 30 to register. In Walker's case he was released on Oct. 8 and then went to the jail to register on Oct. 11. And despite the fact that neither man really had been given an official early release by the judicial system, no one at the jail was the wiser, letting them register and then walk away from the facility as if they were really free men.
The families of the two Florida escapees were just as in-the-dark as the officials it appears, since Walker's mother phoned authorities twice before family members went to pick him up after authorities released him from prison. She couldn't believe that her prayers had been answered that her son would get out of prison early when he was supposed to serve a life sentence. Ditto for Joseph Jenkins' family, apparently. Can you imagine going to pick up a loved one from prison and learning you've aided and abetted their escape, unknowingly?
On Oct. 19 the freedom for the two escaped Florida inmates ended and that life sentence will be added to, at least on paper, due to the new charges the men will face, as they were arrested in Panama City at the Coconut Grove Motor Inn there.
Law enforcement took them into custody without incident and on Sunday morning they were facing the Bay County Courthouse officials for what they had done. And you can be sure that will include some solitary confinement and more stringent prison time now, without the possibility of using a computer or much of anything else.
Jenkins and Walker aren't likely to get any visits from their family soon after this escape effort, either, since it has put their loved ones in a bad situation with the press, public and police. And who could blame the mothers of these two if they never visited them again after this latest fiasco? If they were your sons what would you do?