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Non-DOJ Individual Sentenced for Aiding and Abetting the Escape of Two BOP Inmates


On November 1, 2022, a non-DOJ individual was sentenced to three years of probation for one count of aiding and abetting the escape of two inmates incarcerated at the Federal Prison Camp Florence (FPC Florence) in Colorado.  Lady Budden was sentenced in the District of Colorado.  According to the factual statement in support of the guilty plea, on or about May 27, 2020, the two FPC Florence inmates left the facility without authorization and entered a vehicle waiting outside that was driven by Budden.  Budden admitted that she had met one of the inmates over the internet, developed a relationship with the inmate while he was incarcerated, and memorialized the details of an escape plan on a piece of paper after the inmate asked her to help him escape.  Budden admitted that she agreed to help both inmates escape from FPC Florence.  After the two inmates entered the vehicle, which was also occupied by Budden’s 11-year-old daughter, Budden drove towards the Mexico border but was stopped in Arizona by U.S. Border Patrol agents where the two inmates were identified as fugitives.  The investigation was conducted by the OIG's Tucson Area Office and the U.S. Marshals Service, with forensic assistance provided by the OIG’s Cyber Investigations Office. 

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