A 51-year-old violent convicted murderer who is alleged to have attempted escape last weekend from a Racine County prison, is a Governor Tony Evers (D) parolee, KCE has learned. Lorenzo Guyton only served about 30 years of a 58 year prison sentence, when Governor Tony Evers’ parole commission released him on September 24, 2021. Aside from murder, he was also charged with armed robbery and other serious felonies in 1992. Five months after being paroled, he allegedly committed armed robbery again in Milwaukee County. He was then held on a $10,000 cash bond and sent back to prison. He eventually made his way to RCI, or Racine Correctional Institution, where he allegedly attempted escape last weekend. According to a source familiar with the investigation, Guyton made it over one of many fences outside of the prison. Guyton, however, encountered a fence that was electrically charged and reportedly was rendered unconscious. Alarms meant to alert correctional staff to such behavior were ignored for 45 minutes until Guyton was discovered outside the walls of the prison.
Wisconsin Department of Corrections spokesman, John Beard, confirmed the unsuccessful escape to Kenosha County Eye, but not would not elaborate further.
We contacted the Racine County Sheriff’s Department who is heading up the criminal investigation. They’re likely to refer charges to the Racine County District attorney’s office.
According to the DOC website, Guyton wasn’t eligible for parole until August 27, 2022. It is unknown how the state released him early.
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