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Two Convicted Murderers Escape Oklahoma State Prison

November 16, 1985

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) _ Two convicted murderers escaped from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Friday night, cutting through the bars in a visiting room and scaled the east wall, authorities said.

A guard at the maximum-security prison fired shots at Felix Fesmire Jr., 37, and Alan Fulbright, 39, as they dropped over the wall, but it was not known if the men were hit in the 9:23 p.m. escape, said John Grider, associate director of the stae Corrections Department.

The men, who were serving life sentences for murder, are considered dangerous but were not believed to be armed, said Warden Gary Maynard.

He said he did not know how the men were able to cut through the bars.

A manhunt for the pair was launched by the McAlester Police Department, the Pittsburg County sheriff’s office, corrections officers and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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