Two men convicted of escape from prison using dental floss

Two men convicted of escape from prison using dental floss

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GREEN BAY (AP) Sentencing is scheduled in March for two men convicted of escaping from the Green Bay Correctional Institution using rope made of braided dental floss.

The Brown County Circuit Court jury convicted Guy Dunwald, 26, and Tim Dummer, 30, after only 10 minutes of deliberation Tuesday. Authorities said guards captured the two men after they scaled a wall using yards of the floss.

Defense attorneys claimed the escape attempt was never completed because the two never left custody of the guards.

But Steve Madson, a Brown County assistant district attorney, insisted what they did amounted to an escape. He displayed to the jury two ropes made of dozens of strands of waxed dental floss. One was 5 feet long and attached to a broom- stick. A 20-foot rope had a grappling hook at one end.

Authorities said Dunwald and Dummer were on snow-shoveling duty Dec. 29, 1997, in the prison courtyard when the incident took place.

The escape charges carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, and Dummer is scheduled to be sentenced March 8.


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