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Prison escape plan cited in fatal Las Vegas crash case

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Oct 01, 2014
and last updated 2015-10-09 17:25:34-04

A Nevada prison investigator says a self-described pimp who admits bribing a guard to obtain cellphones behind bars was plotting an escape before his death penalty trial in a fatal Las Vegas Strip shooting and fiery crash.

David Molnar, Nevada Department of Corrections supervisory investigator, didn't detail the escape plan involving Ammar Harris in testimony Wednesday before a Las Vegas judge.

Harris and another inmate, Derrick McKnight, said Wednesday that they'll plead guilty to one felony charge each of bribing a public officer.

Each could have up to five years tacked onto his prison sentence. Harris is serving time for a rape and robbery conviction.

Molnar says McKnight told him phones found in Harris' cell were for an escape plan.

The 28-year-old Harris faces trial next July in the 2013 shooting and crash that killed three.