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Hernando inmate's escape plans thwarted

SPRING HILL — From the moment the inmate landed behind bars, he began planning his escape from the Hernando County Jail, a report says. His scheme fell apart Wednesday, however, after authorities inspected his cell and found everything was not as it appeared.

Tomas Ramon Montesino, 27, of Brooksville was held on numerous sex-related charges, some of which involved a 7-year-old boy, for which he faced a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

A corrections officer told authorities Wednesday that Montesino had crafted a handcuff key from a bar of soap, which led authorities to inspect his cell.

They found that a bar across a plastic window on the east wall of the cell appeared to be an odd color, according to an arrest report. They scraped the metal bar and found that it was cut in two places. The cuts were filled with tissue paper and the entire bar was covered in white toothpaste to conceal the cuts.

Investigators also found numerous holes were made around the window and they were also filled with white toothpaste to conceal them. They discovered tools that had been used to cut the bar and a metal rod made into a drill, the report states.

Montesino told investigators that since he believed he would be going to prison for a long time, he began thinking about how to escape since he had arrived at the jail. He admitted to cutting the bar and drilling the holes and now faces an additional charge of escape.

On Thursday, Montesino pleaded guilty to 98 charges of possession of child pornography as well as two counts of felony battery. Circuit Judge Jack Springstead sentenced him to 18 years in prison and prosecutors said he may deported to his native Cuba.

Logan Neill can be reached at or at (352) 848-1435.

Hernando inmate's escape plans thwarted 11/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 6:07pm]
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