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Perry March Moved To New Prison After Rumors Of Alleged Escape Plot

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Posted at 5:50 PM, Aug 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:34:47-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One of the Mid-State's most notorious convicts has been accused of plotting a prison escape, and now Perry March has been moved to a different location.

He had spent the past decade in the eastern most corner of the state at a prison in Mountain City.

March granted an exclusive interview there last year where he talked about his desperation to get out.

"I miss my kids very much and I fight every day to get out to see them," said March at the time.

March pinned his hopes on an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but since then things have changed dramatically.

"The Supreme Court has now declined to hear the case so that's all the court proceedings Perry March has left," said March's long time attorney John Herbison about his former client.

So March can no longer challenge his conviction for the murder of his wife Janet.

That verdict came in 2006.

March has since served nearly ten years of a 53 year sentence, most all of it in Mountain City, but then a surprise development came involving a tip from a fellow inmate.

"Another inmate who may have had reasons to differ with Perry unrelated suggested that he was planning an escape," said Herbison who insisted March was not trying to escape prison and there was not plot.

"That would be absurd," said Herbison.

But perhaps not.

Newschannel 5 has learned March was recently moved 200 miles from the Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City to the Morgan County Correctional Complex in Wartburg.

The TN Department of Correction provided few details, but did confirm "Perry March was moved for security purposes."

"Clearly I'm discouraged by not having obtained the remedy I think I deserve," said March during his interview last year. He said he was frustrated by one failed appeal after another.

Now with the U.S. Supreme Court slamming the final door is it possible he planned an escape attempt?

It's anyone's guess exactly what March's fellow inmate told prison staff about the so-called escape plot.

Whatever it was, it apparently was enough to get him moved to a new prison where March will spend the rest of his life.

Aside from an escape there has been very little chance March will now ever leave prison alive, short of the very unlikely possibility that a governor would someday commute his sentence.