Prison guard who was on duty when murderer Danelo Cavalcante escaped is fired

The Pennsylvania prison guard who was on duty when convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante climbed a wall to freedom last week has been fired, according to officials.

The unidentified prison guard, an 18-year veteran, was fired Thursday, a Chester County spokesperson confirmed to The Post.

Cavalcante, 34, has been on the run since his daring escape from Chester County Prison, where he is serving a life sentence for murder, on August 31.

More than 400 law enforcement officers are currently assisting in the massive manhunt, authorities said Friday.

Cavalcante’s escape was captured by the prison’s security cameras. Footage shows him wandering to a secluded part of the jail yard between two walls, about five feet apart.

Cavalcante, 34, has been on the run since his escape on August 31.BACKGRID
Débora Brandão and her childrenCavalcante was convicted of savagely killing his ex-girlfriend Deborah Brandão. Brandão Family

He places his hands on one wall and his feet on the other wall and climbs back to the ceiling, where he came from, as the video shows.

Prison Warden Howard Holland said earlier this week that the observation tower guard who may have seen Cavalcante on the roof had been placed on administrative leave.

A week before his escape, Cavalcante was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of his ex-girlfriend, Deborah Brandão, 33, whom he stabbed 38 times in front of her two young children in April 2021.

He is also wanted in Brazil for a 2017 murder in the country, according to the Chester County Prosecutor’s Office.

Cavalcante was caught on camera climbing a wallCavalcante was caught on camera climbing a wall to the roof of the prison to escape.AP
Pennsylvania State Police search forest and stream in Pennsbury Township, A massive search is underway in Pennsylvania to capture Cavalcante.AP

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District Attorney Deb Ryan told reporters Thursday that Brandão’s family is terrified that their loved one’s killer is at large. They have been provided with 24-hour police detail, she said.

The killer has been seen at least eight times in the week since his escape.

Authorities said Thursday that he may have been seen near Longwood Gardens, a botanical garden in the area, shortly before noon.

A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information leading to his capture.

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