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Decades later, FBI still looking for Folsom State Prison escapee

Glen Stewart Godwin
Glen Stewart Godwin FBI

Decades after Glen Stewart Godwin’s escape from Folsom State Prison, the FBI is still looking for the convicted murderer who until last spring was on the agency’s Ten Most Wanted list.

Godwin served just a fraction of his murder sentence before he sneaked out of prison through a storm drain in 1987. Godwin was apprehended less than two years later in Mexico for drug and weapons offenses but escaped before he could be sent back to the U.S. for his crimes.

Godwin ended up in Folsom’s prison after receiving 25 years to life in prison for stabbing a man 26 times and then using fuel oil, nitrogen fertilizer and dynamite to blow up the body in Riverside County. After trying to escape from his initial correctional facility in Tracy, Godwin was moved to Folsom, where he merited high-security “Maximum A” housing.

The criminal paid a fellow inmate to tamper with his security designation and got assigned to work in a part of the prison he wasn’t supposed to, an older area with looser oversight. With the help of an accomplice who has since been convicted, Godwin made his getaway in a waiting car after rafting across the American River.

Godwin is considered “armed and extremely dangerous” by the FBI, which offers up to $20,000 for any tips that result in the felon’s arrest. According to the agency, Godwin may be in Central and South America and is believed to play a role in illegal drug distribution.

The convict, originally from Miami, goes by many aliases, according to his FBI profile, from Michael Carrera to Nigel Lopez to Dennis Harold McWilliams. His exact age is unclear: He has three birthdates associated with him. Based on those dates, he’s between 59 and 71 years old.

In 1996, the FBI placed Godwin on its Most Wanted list. He remained on that list for two decades until last spring, when he was replaced with another top target despite never being caught.

Tips continue to come in about Godwin, according to the FBI.

Anyone with information on Godwin’s whereabouts can contact an FBI office or American embassy or consulate.

Hannah Knowles: 916-321-1141, @KnowlesHannah