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State reconsiders firing guards on duty during prisoner escape

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A labor union representative says New Mexico has backed off a plan to fire guards who overlooked two inmates’ escape while transporting the prisoners.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports guards Taracina Morgan and Michael Ortega didn’t notice the violent felons were missing from the prisoner transport van following a fuel stop in Artesia until four hours later.

Miles Conway, spokesman for a public employees’ union, said Monday the New Mexico Corrections Department sent a notice to both guards last month indicating plans to fire them, then withdrew those notices pending further investigation. Conway says state officials could still fire the guards, who have been on leave since the March 9 escape.

A spokeswoman for the department said earlier this month an independent analysis of the escape suggested officers failed to follow security protocols.

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