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Inmates charged for forged court paperwork

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Two inmates charged with using forged papers to lessen their sentence in the Stanley Prison will make their initial court appearance Jan. 2 before Judge Steve Cray.

Charges were filed this week against Eddie G. Evans, 59, of the Columbia Prison, and Jimmy A. Baldwin, 35, of the Boscobel Prison.

Evans faces 15 charges, including: escape, attempted escape, identity theft and forgery, all as a party to the crime. He was convicted of armed robbery in 2004 in Dane County.

Baldwin is charged with escape, identity theft and two counts of forgery, all as a party of the crime. He was convicted of first degree reckless homicide on June 6, 1995 in Milwaukee County.

A third former Stanley Prison inmate, Henry Spencer Jr., 27, is charged with escape, two counts of forgery and misappropriate identification information. Online records said Spencer is scheduled to have a pre-trial conference Jan. 28 and a 12-person jury trial from Feb. 5-8.

The three are accused of  being part of a scheme to use falsified court paperwork to alter their sentences.

Baldwin was mistakenly released Jan. 19, 2010 and taken into custody again on Jan. 26, 2010. Spencer was not released, but was scheduled to be released early until the scheme was uncovered.

According to the criminal complaint, Baldwin was serving a 45 year sentence and had a document reducing his sentence to 20 years, changing his mandatory release to Jan. 19, 2012. An investigation showed the document was a forgery.

Spencer had a document that reduced his sentence from 24 to 10 years, and it was found to be forged.

Evans was released on a proper schedule, but false paperwork attempted to lessen his time on extended supervision.  That tipped off authorities, since the extended supervision time that was listed didn’t meet the length required by the state.

“The Baldwin forged document was sent to the crime lab. Inmate Eddie Evans and inmate Henry Spencer’s fingerprints were found on the document. The presence of these fingerprints indicates these two, Spencer and Baldwin, as well as another person outside the institution were engaged in a conspiracy to obtain unauthorized release from the prison by use of forged documents,” the complaint said, without naming which person on the outside may have helped.

Baldwin’s forged document had italicized fonts that an original would not have. Plus errors were in the margins, according to the Milwaukee County Clerk of Courts staff.

However, the complaint does not address why Baldwin was released from the Stanley Prison with  flawed forged documents.

In a Jan. 26, 2010 interview with authorities, Spencer denied knowing Evans, other than living with him for a short time.

“Evans’ personal information, date of birth, Social Security number, and driver’s license number was found in Spencer’s address book and also a large manila envelope with Evans’ name on it.

“Also, inmate Evans did successfully commit the same forgery to the state of Louisiana,” the complaint said.

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