Inmate Dies Two Days After Escape Attempt from Varner Unit

Inmate Dies Two Days After Escape Attempt from Varner Unit

29-year-old Vann Tucker died at 8:57 p.m. today at UAMS.
Vann Tucker
Vann Tucker
LITTLE ROCK, AR- Vann Tucker, 29, died at 8:57 p.m. today at UAMS from injuries sustained Saturday in an escape attempt from the Varner Unit at Grady.

Tucker attempted to escape at approximately 8:52 a.m. Saturday, according to the Department of Correction.

He was discovered by the unit rover lying on the concrete between the internal security fence and the lethal fence.

He was transported by ambulance to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff,  where it was determined he suffered trauma to the head.

Tucker was then airlifted to UAMS in Little Rock.

He had climbed the internal fence and attempted to scale the lethal fence when he was shocked and fell.

The lethal fence is 5,200 volts.                                                                                           

Tucker was serving a life sentence for aggravated robbery, and aggravated residential burglary, habitual offender, charges out of Pope County.

He had been in prison on those charges since 2009.

Previously, Tucker was sentenced to 240 months for a second degree murder charge out of Pope County. 

He was admitted to ADC on Oct. 4, 2001, and paroled on Sept. 9, 2008.

This was not Tucker's first escape attempt.

He was charged with second degree escape in Jackson County in February 2002.

While incarcerated at the Grimes Unit on the second degree murder charge, Tucker escaped in the back of a dump truck. 

He was quickly caught and returned to prison.

Upon  conviction, he was sentenced to 60 months for second degree escape.
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