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From the Metro staff at The Boston Globe
DA: Foiled prison break included elaborate disguise
November 26, 2008 12:12 PM Email| Comments (15)| Text size – +
By John R. Ellement and Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff
WRENTHAM -- The elaborate disguise included sunglasses, a wig, fingernail polish, makeup, what a prosecutor described as "latex skin," and a full correction officer's uniform, complete with badges and the proper insignia.
The clothes and accessories were allegedly found in the locker of a nurse who works at the super-maximum unit of a prison in Walpole. It was supposed to be the final touch in what was described by Assistant Norfolk District Attorney Jennifer Roe today as an intricate plan to break one of the state's most dangerous inmates out of prison this coming Friday.
The nurse, Deborah Girouard, 44, had developed a "relationship" with the inmate, Che Blake Sosa, the prosecutor said today during her arraignment in Wrentham District Court. Girouard had allegedly smuggled a cellphone into MCI Cedar-Junction so she and Sosa could chat, and she gave him a pair of her underwear, Roe said.
Prosecutors allege that Girouard had agreed to get Sosa a knife and some dental floss that would help him cut the Plexiglas in his cell. She had allegedly smuggled to him three saw blades, a handcuff key, and a steel clip. Girouard drew the line and said no, however, when Sosa asked for a gun, Roe said. That made Sosa angry, prosecutors said, and he allegedly threatened her in a cellphone call. That call prompted Girouard to go to the Department of Correction on Tuesday, Roe said.
Girouard's attorney, Thomas Iovieno, questioned the credibility of anything involving Sosa, who is serving life in prison for a series of rapes and awaiting trial for allegedly stabbing his own lawyer.
"She disputes these allegations," Iovieno said, who described his client as a hardworking mother of five.
Iovieno added: "She's upset, she's distressed, and she's very despondent."
Judge Warren Powers ordered Girouard held without bail pending her next court appearance on Dec. 17.
It was unclear how long she has worked at the prison and what her relationship is with Sosa, who is housed in a super-maximum security single-man cell in the prison's Department Disciplinary Unit. He is essentially serving a life sentence for rape convictions this year and last year, because he would not be eligible for parole until he is 118 years old.
"I don't know what this nurse was thinking," said Steven Kenneway, president of the Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union. "If she's done what she's accused of, she endangered the lives of every employee and inmate at the facility and every citizen of the surrounding communities."
Kenneway said the charges highlight the importance of the screening process for contract personnel hired to work at the prisons.
"Inmates like Che Sosa have nothing but time to try to figure out a way to get out of prison and when they get help like this, it puts us all at risk," Kenneway said.
Sosa has a long history of violence. The convicted serial rapist was accused of stabbing two correction officers with a piece of fencing in his cell at Walpole two years ago.
He is also accused of stabbing his lawyer in the face and collarbone with a makeshift plastic knife in February 2007 during jury selection in a Dedham courtroom for his trial on charges of raping a Quincy woman in 2001. His lawyer survived the attack, which authorities say was unprovoked.
Sosa, defended by a new lawyer, was convicted of the rape and sentenced to 55 years in prison.
Earlier this year, the 5-foot-11, 240-pound Sosa was shackled to a chair and flanked by about a dozen court and correction officers during his trial in Suffolk Superior Court for the 1995 rape of a Jamaica Plain woman. He was convicted and sentenced to 35 to 40 years, to be served after his previous sentence.
Testifying in his own defense, Sosa told jurors, "I love women, all type of women. But, I certainly don't rape them."
On the website www.friendsbeyondthewall.com, Sosa offers a profile of himself, lists his release date as "unknown," and tells potential pen pals, "don't be dismayed by my projected release date."
He writes that in the 20 years he has spent in and out of prison, this is the first ad he has placed seeking companionship.
He says he gives loyalty and expects it back.
"I'm looking for a friendship and I am open for more, if that is to be," Sosa wrote. "I'm extremely passionate and my empathy is far and wide. Thus, I seek a woman of like makeup. She has to be compassionate, nonjudgmental."
Globe correspondent John M. Guilfoil contributed to this report. Shelley Murphy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.