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Inmate Crushed in Garbage Truck

August 16, 2001

HOMINY, Okla. (AP) _ A prison inmate trying to escape in the outgoing trash was crushed to death inside a garbage truck Wednesday.

State correctional officers discovered Mariano Absum, 27, was missing just before noon, and an investigation led them to suspect he had escaped in the garbage truck that made its routine stop at the prison.

They quickly located the truck, which had broken down about two miles away.

``When we opened the truck, we found the inmate,″ who had been crushed in the truck’s compactor, Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie said.

He may have hidden in a garbage bin that was emptied into the truck, Massie said.

Absum arrived at the medium-security Conner Correctional Center in May to begin a three-year sentence for assault and battery.

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