The inmates were serving time in the Walker County Jail in Jasper, Alabama when they hatched a plan to escape.
A recently hired staff was on duty when they took advantage of his lack of experience and carried out their plot. The staff was in the control room keeping track of 150 inmates when they asked to have a door opened. What the staffer did not know was that the inmates had used peanut butter from jailhouse sandwiches to change the number over the door.
Walker County Sheriff James Underwood confirmed the incident at a news conference on Monday afternoon.
Underwood said: "They had changed the number over the door with peanut butter, they hollered, 'hey, open the door...,' but that door number was the outside door, and unbeknowingly to him, he hit that lock and out the door they went,"
Underwood said during the escape the inmates threw blankets over a razor wire fence so they could climb over. Two of the inmates were hurt while fleeing the jail, and one is in the hospital. 11 of the 12 inmates have since been caught, including the two most serious offenders, the sheriff said.
Brady Andrew Kilpatrick, 24, is still at large after breaking out of the jail in Jasper. Kilpatrick was in jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, authorities said.
Underwood added: "We’ve got some evil people down here. And they scheme all the time to con us and our employees here at the jail. You have to stay on your toes. This is one time we slipped up. I'm never going to make any excuses -- it was a human error that caused this to happen."