Franklin County Prisoner had Forged Early Release Documents

Months before two inmates escaped from a Franklin County prison, another inmate reportedly tried to do the same thing.

Forged court papers were allegedly filed for Gerald Joe in January.

He's serving a life sentence also at the Franklin Correctional Institution.

Joe was convicted of killing a man during a drug deal in 1999.

Documents bearing the signature of a judge reduced his 30-year sentence to 15-years.

A clerk reportedly became suspicious of the document's wording and alerted a supervisor.

The inmate wasn't charged in the incident.