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Inmate's wife might have helped 2 escape from prison, police say

An inmate's wife might have helped two prisoners escape from a minimum security prison, a press release from state police said Thursday.

According to the release, police are searching for Cindy Smith, 40 of Stanton. They say she helped James Johnson, 27, and William Johnson, 23, get away from the Frankfort Career Development Center.

Smith is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Smith's husband is James Johnson, who was serving a six-year sentence for third-degree burglary, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and theft by unlawful taking. He would have been eligible for parole in June 2010. He is 27, white, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

William Johnson was serving a nine-year sentence for first degree possession of a forged instrument and theft by unlawful taking. He is 23, white, 6 feet, 3 inches, tall, weighing 246 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about these inmates or Cindy Smith is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at Post 12 in Frankfort, (502) 227-2221.

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