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Registe planned possible escape before extradition

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - News Leader Nine has learned that before his extradition to America, Michael Jason Registe was put under intense security after an alert prison guard overheard plans of an escape.

This information comes from our news partner on St. Maarten, www.smxislandtimes.com

At one point there was even an attempt to move him to the island of Curacao where it was felt that the security could be higher.

Police and coast guard all around the island were also placed on high alert.

The extradition still went off without a hitch regardless, and now family members say they can move from one phase of the grieving process into another.

"This won't bring Randy back, and it doesn't make the grief or pain any less, but it eases the resentment," said Mary Ingram, Randy Newton Jr.'s Aunt.

It doesn't change the grief, but it's another door we can close. If he is guilty, he needs to stay in prison for life," said Janice Taylor, Bryan Kilgore's Mother.

In order for Registe's extradition to be approved by the Netherlands, the Muscogee County District Attorney and the FBI had to promise Registe would not be subject to the death penalty upon his return.

Questions were raised Thursday about the sincerity of those promises, but prosecutors squashed any uncertainty.

"We made an agreement that the State of Georgia would not seek the death penalty, and we emphatically said that we will honor that. We will not be seeking the death penalty on this case," said Laura Murphree, the prosecutor handling Registe's case.

It's something these families have thought a lot about, and they ultimately agree with prosecution's decision.

"It's enough pain, having to think about what he's done, that will kill him. It's too easy to just take his life like that. He needs to pay through suffering, just being in prison, long as they can keep him," said Ingram.

Sheriff's deputies say Registe is being held in isolation in the Muscogee County Jail away from the general population because of his high-security status.

Prosecutors hope to move this case into the arraignment phase and then the trial phase as quickly as possible, since the case has already been held up for so long by the extradition process.

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