By Jamiel Lynch and Rebekah Riess, CNN
(CNN) Alabama inmate Casey White was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for his escape from the Lauderdale County Detention Center last year, according to CNN Affiliate WAAY.
White escaped from the facility in April 2022 with Correctional Officer Vicky White. Investigators have said they believe Casey White and Vicky White, who were not related, met in prison and developed a clandestine romantic relationship.
The pair they were captured 11 days later in Evansville, Indiana, after a car chase. Casey White was taken into custody and Vicky White died of what authorities believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Casey White was charged with felony murder in connection with the death of Vicky White, but in May pleaded guilty to the included misdemeanor charge of absconding as part of a plea deal.
During Thursday’s sentencing, he told the court that he feels like the most hated man in the world and that he loves Vicky White, who he said was the first person to show him love in six years, according to WAAY.
CNN has reached out to Casey White’s attorney for comment.
Casey White is still facing murder charges in the 2015 death of Connie Ridgeway, and is scheduled for trial in August. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He was being held at the Lauderdale County Jail for hearings related to the murder case.
Casey White was already serving a 75-year prison sentence for a series of crimes in 2015 that included home invasion, car theft and a police chase, the US Marshals Service said.
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CNN’s Sara Smart contributed to this report.