DENVER (CBS4) – A former Denver deputy pleaded guilty on Friday to helping a prisoner escape from the Denver Jail last spring.

Matthew Andrews is facing possible probation or up to six years in prison for his role in the crime. He pleaded guilty Friday morning in Denver court to attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony.

Deputy Matthew Andrews, left, and Felix Trujillo, right (credit: Denver Police)

Deputy Matthew Andrews, left, and Felix Trujillo, right (credit: Denver Police)

In April Andrews agreed to help felony inmate Felix Trujillo break free in exchange for $500,000.

Investigators say Andrews told coworkers he had been threatened and that there was a contract out on him and his family.

Andrews reportedly provided Trujillo with deputy clothing and even drove him away from the jail.

Trujillo surrendered three days later and was sentenced to 34 years in jail for the escape and robbery.

Andrews has since resigned from his deputy position.

He didn’t speak as he left the courtroom and his attorney had few words to share.

“We would just say that he has accepted responsibility. There are a great deal of extenuating circumstances that will be presented at the sentencing hearing in January,” Dan Recht said.

Recht said he’s hopeful for a probation sentence.

Andrews will learn his fate at a sentencing hearing in January.


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