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BY JUSTIN MINYARD
West Point local Austin Parker, 20, retracted a plea of not guilty and went forward with a guilty plea Jan. 24 for a felony escape charge along with a burglary of a dwelling charge.
Parker and fellow detainee Jonathan Oâ€™Brien, 21, were the talk of the town last September after pulling off a jailbreak from the Clay County Detention Center.
In a past interview, Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said both Parker and Oâ€™Brien, at some point during their stay in the jail, discovered a small breach in a recessed light fixture within the detention center. After masterminding a method of escape, Scott said both detainees managed to squeeze their way through the small hole, which led to the facilityâ€™s attic.
â€śIt was a fairly small hole, but they were just small enough to worm their way through it,â€ť Scott said.
After working their way to the easternmost edge of the detention facility, Scott said one of the detainees â€śkicked openâ€ť a â€śbig vent,â€ť which led them directly outside of the building. After dropping from the opening, Scott said both Oâ€™Brien and Parker floored it, with assistance from outside parties, to Houston.
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