Third fence stops Thanos' escape

October 11, 1990|By Marina Sarris | Marina Sarris,Evening Sun Staff

Worcester County jail officials have reduced the privileges of accused triple murderer John Frederick Thanos as a result of his escape attempt yesterday.

Thanos will no longer be allowed outside the jail, said James T. Stant, the jail's security and custody supervisor. He will continue to be held in the maximum-security section in a cell by himself.

Jail officials said Thanos, 41, scaled two fences topped with razor wire outside the Eastern Shore jail yesterday before four correctional officers, one armed with a shotgun, caught him. A third, 10-foot fence topped with barbed wire stood between him and freedom.

Thanos was alone in an outside recreation area when he tried to escape. A guard watching him from outside the two fences called for help.

Thanos received several stitches for cuts from the razor wire.

Until yesterday, Thanos had not caused any problems for jail employees, Stant said. He recently had begun asking for outdoor recreation time, and jail officials granted his request. "He will not have that again," Stant said.

Thanos is being held without bond in the murders of three Maryland teen-agers about a month ago. He had been freed 543 days too early from a state prison on the Eastern Shore last April because of an error in calculating his good-time credits.

He is accused of killing Melody Pistorio, 14, and her boyfriend, Billy Winebrenner, 16, during the Labor Day robbery of a Middle River gas station. He also has been indicted on a charge of killing Gregory A. Taylor, 18, of Hebron, who had picked up Thanos as he hitchhiked along U.S. 50 on Aug. 31.

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