KINCHELOE, Mich. (AP) - An inmate serving life in prison for killing five people wasfatally shot Thursday while trying to escape with two otherconvicted murders from a northern Michigan prison, authoritiessaid.
Seth Privacky, 30, was killed by a corrections officer at theKinross Correctional Facility in Kincheloe, about 275 miles northof Detroit, the state Department of Corrections said. The other twoinmates surrendered.
The three men overpowered a man driving a tractor-trailer atthe prison just after 9 a.m., then crashed the truck through adouble chain-link fence topped with razor wire. The truck traveledabout 100 yards before the men jumped out and began running, andPrivacky was shot after ignoring guards' warnings to stop, prisonofficials said.
"It got wrapped up in the fence," Warden Jeffrey Woods saidof the truck. "Although there's a ton of damage, the fence stoppedthe truck. It did its job."
The minimum- and medium-security Upper Peninsula prison holdsmore than 1,800 prisoners and was placed on lock-down, but allinmates were accounted for, said Corrections Department spokesmanJohn Cordell. Michigan State Police were investigating.
"The alarms go off all the time with testing and that, but thismorning when they were going off, it was a little bit longer thanusual," said Brian Shepard, who lives near the prison.
When he heard the news that there were three murderers on theloose, Shepard said he thought, "that is scary," he said. "That'swhat's scary. I'm just glad they got 'em. We got a lot of littlekids out there."
Privacky was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a1998 shooting spree that killed his parents, grandfather, brotherand brother's girlfriend near Muskegon. At the time, prosecutorscalled it "the worst mass murder in west Michigan history."
The other inmates who tried to escape were Brian Davidson,31, who was convicted of beating a man to death, and Andrew Ross,25, accused of killing his parents and older brother. Both couldface charges related to the escape attempt and have beentransferred to a segregation unit within a high-security prison,prison officials said.
The three inmates attacked the truck driver at a food servicedelivery loading dock at the prison and took his keys, Cordellsaid. The driver was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries. Noother injuries were reported at the prison.
The warden said it wasn't immediately clear how the escapewas planned. He praised the prison staff for stopping the attemptand securing the prison.
"The staff did a wonderful job responding," Woods said.
Privacky had been at Kinross since August 2007, while Rossarrived in April 2009 and Davidson was transferred there inFebruary, Woods said. Between 600 to 700 of the prison's inmatesare serving life sentences or have at least 20 years left behindbars.
Authorities said Privacky's shootings were triggered when hisfather asked him to move out. Privacky, who was 18 at the time,pleaded no contest to five counts of first-degree murder in thedeaths of John J. Privacky, 78; Stephen C. Privacky, 50; LindaPrivacky, 49; Jedediah J. Privacky, 19; and April A. Boss, 19. A nocontest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as suchfor sentencing purposes.
Davidson was serving life in prison without parole afterbeing convicted in the 2002 fatal beating of Jerry Steinberg. In anapparently random attack, the 38-year-old was knocked off his bikeand beaten near Grand Rapids. He died about a week later.
A message seeking comment was left Thursday with Davidson'sformer attorney.
Ross pleaded guilty but mentally ill for the 2003 fatalshootings of his parents and older brother in Macomb Township. Hewas sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.
His attorney in that case, Neil Rockind, said Thursday thathe'd hoped Ross would get treatment for mental illness in prison.
"Andrew was a deeply conflicted and troubled young man,"Rockind said. "I can't imagine that he somehow magically got betterwhile he was in prison and decided to hatch a plan."
24 Hour News 8 reporter Leon Hendrix contributed to this story.
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