The Texas Seven—a gang of murderers, rapists and violent robbers—vowed never to give up. Led by George Rivas, 30, they fled Connally Unit, a high-security prison in Kenedy, Tex., near San Antonio on Dec. 13, stealing handguns and rifles as they left. And on Christmas Eve, they allegedly killed a Dallas-area police officer during the robbery of a sporting-goods store from which they stole more weapons and cash.
Purchasing a mobile home, they made their way to Coachlight Motel and RV Park in Woodland Park, Colo., a bedroom community in the mountains near Colorado Springs. But police received a tip from an informant who had seen the seven on the TV show Americas Most Wanted. Four of the men gave up when surrounded, but a fifth killed himself. Two days later, the final two surrendered at a nearby motel, but only after making a public statement in which they criticized the Texas penal system. If convicted of the police officer’s murder, all could face the death penalty.
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