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Two prison escapees executed in east China
Updated: 2009-01-15 17:49

JINAN  -- Two inmates who escaped violently from a prison in east China's Shandong Province were executed Thursday, local authorities said.

Liu Junjie, 35, and Wang Bing, 31, broke out of the prison in Zibo City on December 8, 2007 as a truck was moving out of the prison gate, according to a statement from the Shandong Provincial High People's Court.

They hit a prison worker and two policemen with iron bars and choppers as they forced their way out. They were later caught as they fled along a road.

Liu received a 17-year sentence in 1993 for theft and fraud. He was sentenced to death in 2006 with a two-year stay for robbery.

Wang was jailed in 2000 for three and a half years for rape. He was sentenced to six months in 2004 for theft.