Escaped convict waives extradition to Arizona

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

CODY, Wyo. (AP) -- An escaped prisoner captured in northwestern Wyoming waived his right to fight extradition to Arizona in a brief court hearing Tuesday.

Tracy Province, who was serving a life sentence for murder and robbery, appeared in Park County Circuit Court in Cody in handcuffs and leg irons and dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit, one day after he was caught in sleepy Meeteetse, Wyo.

Province, John McCluskey and Daniel Renwick escaped from a private, medium-security Arizona State Prison near Kingman on July 30 after authorities say Welch threw wire cutters over the perimeter fence. Authorities were searching for McCluskey, 45, and Casslyn Welch, 44, fiancee and cousin, near Glacier National Park.

Renwick, who turned 37 on Tuesday, was captured Aug. 1 in Colorado.

Judge Bruce Waters read Province the Arizona warrant with the charges that included escape, kidnapping, armed robbery and aggravated assault, telling Province that he could hire a Wyoming lawyer and fight extradition.

"I'll waive the extradition," Province said, and then signed a waiver form in handcuffs.

Waters said arrangements will be made to transfer him to Arizona in a reasonable amount of time and that he will be held in the Park County Detention Center until then. The judge said he thought given the attention this case has received, his transfer will happen soon.

"I guess it will," Province said with a little laugh.

Province appeared with two other prisoners under tight security, surrounded by sheriff's deputies armed with machine guns. One deputy said the measures were taken because authorities believed Province and McCluskey had nothing to lose.

Before the hearing, a reporter attempted to ask Province a question at the defendant's table, but was cut off by a deputy, who threatened to kick out the reporter.

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