Letterman kidnap plotter escapes prison
Kelly Frank, a former house painter who was accused of plotting the kidnapping of David Letterman's son and nanny, is now a free man, and not because he was paroled from the 10-year sentence that he's been serving at the Montana State Prison. It turns out that he and one other prisoner escaped last Friday while on a work detail.
According to prison officials Frank, and convicted burglar William Willcutt, were working on moving an irrigation pipe at the ranch prison when the escape occurred. As the afternoon rolled along a supervisor noticed that Willcutt and a truck were missing. The prison was locked down and a head count was initialized. It was then that it was discovered that Franks was missing as well. The truck was later found off prison property in Western Montana and a search for the escaped inmates took place in that area on Saturday.
In 2005 Frank was arrested on allegations that he plotted to kidnap the late-night talk show host's son. He was also charged with lying to investigators and overcharging Letterman for a paint job he performed at his ranch. The charge of solicitation to kidnap was dropped in exchange for a guilty plea for three other charges.