DENVER - A former Denver sheriff's deputy told his wife he loved her as he was handcuffed and led off to jail on Friday.
Matthew Andrews was sentenced to the maximum, six years in prison, for helping an inmate escape. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant in November.
Defense attorney Dan Recht said Andrews is ashamed and embarrassed, but he truly had a feeling of being threatened.
Text messages obtained by 7NEWS reveal the deputy thought he was getting paid $500,000 to help Trujillo escape.
On the day of the escape, around 11 a.m., Andrews texts "All will go down around 8...I just want to know about the half that I need to get before all goes down."
The response: "I wud realy apprecaiate (sic) if u kan bring hm at 8 and collect (sic) the whole 5 (meaning $500,000) Im inviting u to my house cop. we aint about gamez."
Andrews dressed Trujillo like a sheriff's deputy and they walked out of the jail together at 7:07 p.m. Then Andrews dropped Trujillo off in a Thornton neighborhood.
At 7:27 p.m., Andrews texts, "Here he comes."
Thirty seconds later, the response: "c uze"
The deputy keeps texting over the next hour.
At 7:44 p.m., "People will know soon. We got to hurry."
At 7:59 p.m., "Come on bro. I got to get out of here."
A minute later, a reply: "tym is slow go for a ride."
At 8:11 p.m., Andrews texts "Whats happening? do you just want me to leave and get (bleeped)
Five minutes later, "OK I get it. I got played."
At 8:34 p.m., Andrews final text: "I have to leave. Tell him I trusted him."
According to court records, surveillance video showed Andrews escorting inmate Felix Trujillo, who was wearing a deputy's uniform, as they walked out of the jail on the night of April 7.
"Trujillo was observed standing next to Deputy Andrews wearing a Denver Sheriff's baseball hat and winter jacket," the affidavit for Trujillo's arrest said. "They boarded the elevator together and then were observed exiting the (Downtown Detention Center) onto West 14th Avenue."
The document went on to say the deputy drove Trujillo to the area of 84th Avenue and Washington Street, where Trujillo got into another car and left.
Court records show 67 minutes went by before anyone knew Trujillo was missing. There was a three-hour delay before sheriff's officials issued a public alert about the escape.
According to the affidavit for Andrews' arrest, the deputy returned to the jail after Trujillo's escape and later told coworkers what he had done. He told them he had been threatened and had no choice.
"Andrews revealed to coworkers that he had been threatened and that there was a 'contract' on him and his family and that in order to remain unharmed he needed to help [the inmate escape]," the affidavit said.
Trujillo was being held on aggravated robbery charges when he escaped. He has an extensive criminal arrest record, including escape, felony menacing, domestic violence and assault. Most of the arrests were in the Thornton, Westminster and Adams County area.
Trujillo turned himself in after three days on the run. He was sentenced to 34 years in prison after pleading guilty to both the escape and the robbery he was in jail for at the time of his escape.
"What you did is not only a dishonor to yourself but the whole sheriff’s department," the judge told Andrews Friday.
Andrews' wife said her husband is a good man and a good father to their four children.