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3 UTAHNS ESCAPE FROM TEXAS PRISON

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A trio of Utah convicts escaped from a Texas correction facility Saturday - including one man convicted of murder and another of child molestation.

Donald Allan Noble, 58, a convicted murder, Kent J. Bowden, 39, a convicted pedophile and James Eldridge Brown, 50, a theft convict, were working with a painting crew at the Crystal City Detention Center jail in southwest Texas when they started running into the surrounding desert.A guard gave chase but did not shoot.

Brown was found Sunday hiding in a ravine and had to be treated for exposure.

Authorities believe Bowden and Noble could be running for the Mexican border, about 40 miles south of Crystal City.

Prison and law officers are reportedly tracking the escapees with bloodhounds.

Noble was convicted of fatally shooting his wife, Nada Lee Noble, in front of a Park City Albertson's on Feb. 27, 1990. Three weeks earlier he had reportedly beaten her with a shovel and threatened to kill her.

Bowden has been imprisoned since 1988 for sexually abusing a child.

The three were in Texas custody as part of Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt's program to ease overcrowding in state prisons. They were among 100 inmates sent to Texas in July.