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Man Who Held Hillary Clinton's Campaign Office Hostage, Leeland Eisenberg, Escapes Prison

The man who took hostages at a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign office in 2007 escaped from a minimum-security correctional facility in Manchester, N.H., on Sunday.

During an afternoon headcount at the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit, Leeland Eisenberg was discovered missing. The 52-year-old was eligible for parole in August. If he is found, he will be charged with escape, a felony that carries a sentence of up to seven years behind bars.

In the 2007 incident, Eisenberg went to a Clinton campaign office in Rochester, N.Y., and claimed to have a bomb. It turned out to be road flares. During his time in court, Eisenberg’s public defender, Randy Hawkes, portrayed his client as someone who was beaten down after being repeatedly turned down when he sought psychiatric help.

According to Hawkes, Eisenberg "heard voices and saw a movie in his head telling him he had to sacrifice himself" in order to highlight problems within the health care system, as noted by USA Today.

This is not the first time Eisenberg has escaped from prison. While serving time for a rape conviction back in 1985, he escaped and then committed another rape. He was caught and sentenced to an additional 20 years. Authorities released him in 2005.

A video describing the situation can be found below.

Sources: USA Today, The Huffington Post


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