The following is an update to story from earlier in the week, concerning the discovery of a large hole that was found inside a shower area at the Big Sandy Detention Center in Paintsville.
According to Pete Fitzpatrick, administrator at the facility, nine (9) male inmates have been charged in the foiled escape plan that was uncovered on Monday, October 15.
BSRDC Correction Officers found the hole in the back wall of the inmates shower area during a routine security check causing the Facility to be placed into lock-down.
All of the involved cell mates were charged with escape 2nd degree and criminal mischief 1st degree by Paintsville Police Officer, Zach Mitchell, who is the lead investigator in the case.
Five (5) inmates; Robbie Lee Prater, Curtis Dale Rowe, Jeffrey Lee Stanley, Shannon Lee Jude and Keith Anthony Penix Jr. are being held on $10,000 cash bonds, as set by Johnson Co. District Judge Kevin Holbrook.
The other four (4) inmates; Justin Derek Combs, John Douglas May, Daniel Edwin Bell and James Garrett Ison (all state inmates) are being held on no bond allowed, as set by Johnson Co. District Judge Kevin Holbrook.
Both of the new charges are class D felonies and carry a possible sentence of one (1) to five (5) years and/or $10,000 fine on each count if found guilty.
Original story 10-16-18:
The following is a release from the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center:
Around 2:00pm on October 15, 2018, Correctional Officers at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center discovered a hole that had been knocked through a cinderblock wall by inmates in an attempt to escape from custody.
The hole was approximately 18″ by 12″ and was located in a shower room.
Two pieces of metal taken from a shelf in the call were used to chip away at the blocks to create the hole that led to a plumbing access area one wall away from the outside.
Officers from the Paintsville Police Department were dispatched to the Jail and are in charge of the investigation.
Jail officials say they will update the public of any future developments.