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SD Penitentiary staff thwart escape plan

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Staff at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls thwarted a planned escape attempt, corrections officials said Thursday.

Authorities said the escape was planned Tuesday during a medical transport of inmate Silver McClanahan, who is serving a life sentence for first-degree manslaughter in Brown County. He's been in prison for nearly two decades.

Corrections officials said penitentiary staff learned of the plot and alerted security officers, who prevented the escape from happening.

"Public safety is our ultimate responsibility and security is something we deal with every minute of every day," said Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk in a statement.

He said no correctional officers were injured and the public wasn't in danger because the inmate never left the prison grounds.

A criminal complaint has been filed against former inmate Lloyd White Face, who is on parole in the Sioux Falls area on grand theft and rape convictions in Pennington County, and another person who DOC officials did not identify. Kaemingk said the investigation into the planned escape is ongoing.

In April 2011, a prison guard was killed when two inmates attempted to escape the state penitentiary.

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