9 Inmates Charged After Hole Dug in Wall at Big Sandy Regional Detention Center

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PAINTSVILLE, KY (WOWK) –

UPDATE:

Nine inmates have been charged after a hole was dug in a wall at Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in an attempted escape.

Big Sandy Regional Detention Center 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 by Investigating Officer Zack Mitchell of the Paintsville Police Department, with Escape in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 1 st Degree.

Five of the inmates; Robbie Lee Prater, Curtis Dale Rowe, Jeffery Lee Stanley, Shannon Lee Jude, and Keith Anthony Penix Jr. are being held on $10,000.00 Cash Bonds as set by Johnson County District Judge Kevin Holbrook.

The other four inmates; Justin Derek Combs, John Douglas May, Daniel Edwin Bell, and James Garrett Ison are being held on No Bond allowed, as set by Johnson County District Judge Kevin Holbrook.

Both of the new charges are Class D Felonies and carry a possible sentence of one to five years and/or a $10,000.00 fine on each count if found guilty.


ORIGINAL:

Multiple inmates dug a hole in a wall at Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in an attempted escape.

Around 2 PM on October 15th, 2018 Correctional Officers at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center discovered a hole that had been knocked through a cinder block wall by inmates attempting to escape from custody.

The hole was approximately 18 inches by 12 inches and was located in a shower room.

Authorities say that two pieces of metal were taken from a shelf in the cell and used to chip away at the blocks to create the hole. It 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.

Big Sandy Regional Detention Center says they will update the public of any future developments.

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