Jail nurse arrested for aiding prisoner
An Okmulgee County Jail nurse is behind bars after she was accused of trying to help an inmate escape.
Kimberly Trulove, 49, was arrested Tuesday, and is being held on Proving Prisoner Useful Aids to Escape and two counts of Bringing Contraband Into Penal Institution (Drugs and Phone). She is being held on a $75,000 bond.
According to Okmulgee County DA Carol Iski, deputies received a tip that Skipper Rowland had a cell phone. A search of his cell yielded the phone.
”They saw communication between the jail nurse, Kimberly Trulove, and Mr. Rowland," Iski said.
During the investigation, officials determined Trulove had provided the cell phone to Rowland.
Iski said the pair formed a romantic relationship, and planned to run away together.
"They were also making plans for him to escape again," Iski said. "She was going to assist him in that escape so they could go live happily ever after."
When deputies questioned Trulove, Iski said she also admitted to smuggling drugs on several occasions into the jail to give Rowland.
"This is something all jails fight, prisons fight," she said. "And to have a trusted employee engage in this type of behavior, it's extremely disappointing."
Trulove is set to make her initial appearance in Okmulgee County district court Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.
Rowland, 36, escaped from a transport van in Okmulgee County on Sept. 5, 2018. When the vehicle stopped at an intersection near the community of Morris, Rowland made his escape.
Trulove had been employed by the jail for nine years.