Suicide note allegedly part of Stillwater prison breakout scheme

It wasn't as cunning as The Great Escape, but who can say it wasn't bold?

A Stillwater Prison inmate is accused of causing a weeklong lockdown after officials were tipped off to his plan to bust out

Court documents show that William R. St. John, 45, was planning to ingest razor blades or prescription drugs and escape during the suicide attempt with the help of another person.

The AP has more details:

The accomplice was to intercept the ambulance on the way to the hospital and help the inmate escape.

Records show the inmate has been moved to the maximum security prison at Oak Park Heights.

In July, Minnesota Department of Corrections officials wouldn't say what prompted beefed-up security efforts. The last full lockdown of the prison, according to the Pioneer Press, was in 2011.

-- Email Jesse Marx at or follow him on Twitter at @marxjesse

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