Prison Escape Foiled at McClure Women's Correctional Center

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A woman serving a life sentence for killing her mother and hiding the body for three years didn't fool officers at a southern Nevada prison.

Authorities say 59-year-old Brookey West tried to escape early Friday from the Florence McClure Women's Correctional Center in North Las Vegas.

A prison spokesman says West disguised herself and tried to walk out while other inmates were on their way to breakfast.

But officers recognized and restrained her as she attempted to pass through a security gate.

West was convicted of first-degree murder in 2001 for the killing of her mother, 68-year-old Christine Smith.

Authorities say West sealed Smith's body in a plastic garbage can in 1998 and left it in a rented storage unit. The odor led to the body's discovery three years later.

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