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The State

May 05, 1987

Escaped prisoner Ronald McIntosh stole a helicopter and rescued fellow inmate Samantha Dorinda Lopez from a federal prison yard in Pleasanton because a warden had threatened her life for complaining about prison conditions and about such incidents as one in which a guard poured water over her after telling her it was acid, McIntosh's lawyer told a San Francisco federal court jury. In an opening statement in the couple's trial, attorney Judd Iversen likened last November's escapade to that of "a cavalryman trying to rescue his lady." The pair were arrested in Sacramento 10 days later as they picked up a pair of wedding rings.

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