Man Busted Trying to Break In to Prison

Marvin Ussery was paroled in 2009, but came back for more
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 12, 2011 8:30 AM CDT
California Man Marvin Ussery Caught Trying To Sneak Into State Prison
In this Aug. 11, 2011 photo provided by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Marvin Lane Ussery is shown.   ((AP Photo/Sacramento County Sheriff's Department))

Most inmates are trying to get out of prison, but authorities say they caught a California parolee trying to sneak back in. Marvin Ussery was spotted late Wednesday night scaling the 7-foot tall, barbed wire-topped fence that encircles a large wooded area behind the California State Prison in Sacramento, a corrections officer said. The 48-year-old served time at New Folsom for robbery before he was paroled in June 2009.

Officials are investigating whether Ussery was attempting to smuggle in drugs or cell phones, but say they haven't found any contraband. But if he was just hoping to regain a taste of that behind-bars atmosphere, his plan worked: Ussery is being held in Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of violating his parole and being an ex-convict on prison property. (Read more California stories.)

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