Former Denver deputy sheriff Matthew Andrews pleads not guilty in inmate escape

DENVER - Former Denver sheriff's deputy Matthew Andrews pleaded not guilty Monday to accusations that he helped an inmate escape from jail.

Felix Trujillo spent three days on the run in April after walking out of Denver's new jail in a sheriff's deputy's baseball cap and jacket. Andrews is accused of giving Trujillo a uniform and escorting him out of the jail.

"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 DDC onto West 14th Ave."

The document went on to say the deputy drove Trujillo to the area of 84th Ave. and Washington St., where Trujillo got into another car and left.

According to the affidavit for Andrews' arrest, he returned to the Downtown Detention Center and later revealed what he had done to coworkers. He told them he had been threatened and had no choice.

Trujillo turned himself in after three days on the run.

Last week, Trujillo 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.

Andrews is charged with one felony count of aiding escape in connection with Trujillo's escape.

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