Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Tennessee 'hero' says fugitives surrendered to him

The man credited by law enforcement with holding two Georgia prison escapees at gunpoint until police arrived rejected the "hero" label on Friday, and said credit should go to forces well beyond his control.

Patrick Hale said friends had just alerted him that the fugitives wanted in the slayings of two prison guards had been spotted in his area of rural Tennessee, so he quickly loaded his guns. Moments later, he saw them climb over his fence and approach his home, where he was alone with his young daughter.

He decided to flee getting into his car with the girl but then realized he had left a loaded shotgun at his door, possibly within reach of the escapees.

Then, just as he prepared for the worst, the inmates took off their shirts and waved them in the air in a sign of surrender. He thinks they mistook his car for a law enforcement vehicle. He never had to pull out his weapon.

"I realized I had two ex-cons wanted for murder who had just shot at law enforcement who had nothing to lose and for some reason they surrendered and laid down on the concrete in my driveway," Hale said. "If that doesn't make you believe in Jesus Christ, I don't know what does."

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She had faced up to six years in prison after also admitting to a hate-crime allegation. Officials say she put bacon strips on door handles. Muslims are prohibited from eating pork products.

She also will undergo counseling and must stay off the internet and away from the mosque. She formerly worked for Google and as a legal intern for the Sacramento County prosecutors.

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