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Local pleads guilty to escape

January 17, 2014

O'Brien

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

This past September, two individuals managed to finagle their way out of the Clay County detention center. One of the men, West Point resident Jonathan O’Brien, pleaded guilty to an escape charge along with a grand larceny charge Wednesday after withdrawing his “not guilty” pleas from both.
O’Brien, 21, who has a hefty rap sheet, according to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott, was originally detained at the Clay County Sheriff’s Department jail for previous charges of grand larceny, burglary of an automobile and larceny of a shed.
O’Brien, along with a second detainee, Austin Parker, 20, discovered an escape route at some point during their stint in the county jail.
According to Scott, both individuals somehow discovered a small hole in a recessed light fixture within the building. The hole, which, according to Scott, would barely fit an average-sized adult, led to the attic of the facility.
“It was a fairly small hole, but they were just small enough to worm their way through it,” Scott said.
After working their way through the breach, Scott said O’Brien and Parker traversed the attic to the easternmost part of the detention facility to a “big vent,” which they “kicked open” and proceeded to jump to the ground below at about 2-3 a.m.
From there, the hunt for the two escapees was on, but it didn’t take very long.

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