An Alabama felon who escaped prison last year with the help of a jail official who later shot herself in the head rather than face arrest, according to authorities, has been sentenced to life in prison.
Casey White, 39, addressed a Lauderdale County courtroom Thursday after pleading guilty to escape in exchange for a felony murder charge involving Vicky White’s death being dropped. He agreed to the maximum sentence of life without parole.
“I feel like the most hated man in the world. I loved Vicky and I wouldn’t drag her name through the mud for anyone in this courtroom,” White told the court, according to WHNT. “Vicky took me out because she said, ‘Right was right. Wrong is wrong.’ First person to show me affection. First person to give me a hug in six years.”
“I apologize to her family because she said that’s the only thing she regretted… leaving her family,” he reportedly added.
Investigators at the Alabama county jail would later tell investigators that Vicky White gave her alleged jailhouse lover special treatment, according to Sheriff Rick Singleton.
“Investigators received information from inmates at the Lauderdale County Detention Center over the weekend that there was a special relationship between Director White and inmate Casey White,” Singleton said last year. “That relationship has now been confirmed through our investigation by independent sources and means.”
“On behalf of the state and the family of Vicky White, I just want to express what a tremendous impact that crime has had on this family,” Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly was quoted as saying. “Vicky’s mother wanted to speak — but is too emotional.”
At the time of the escape, Casey White was serving a 75-year prison sentence for a violent crime spree that left a woman shot, a dog dead and his ex-girlfriend and her roommates horrified after he burst into their home holding two pistols and firing through the walls.