New charges in Brevard County inmate escape attempt with forged documents

Gerald Joe faces violation of probation charges for escape attempt

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A Brevard County convicted murderer who was caught trying to escape from prison using fake documents is facing new charges for the escape attempt.

According to court records, Gerald Joe is facing new charges for his escape attempt, which occurred eight months before two Orange County men escaped from a Florida prison

Joe, 34, has been serving a 30-year prison sentence in the Franklin Correctional Institution for a 1999 Brevard County murder.

He went before a judge on Wednesday facing new charges of violating probation in the escape attempt, 18 months ago.

The violation of probation report stated a Brevard County clerk noticed a red flag when a motion was signed by Joe himself looking to have his 30-year sentence cut in half.

The report states the motion was with another court order, with Judge John Griesbaum's signature forged at the bottom. The clerk notified the judge, who confirmed the documents were fake.

Franklin Correctional is the same prison in Florida panhandle where two other inmates escaped using forged documents last October.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement said they are aware of eight cases of inmates trying to escape using fake documents.

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