The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a third county jail officer has been fired as a result of an investigation into the Aug. 17 escape of three Faulkner County jail inmates.
Chief Deputy Matt Rice confirmed the third officer to be John Ross Bryan. According to personnel files, Cpl. Bryan was hired Jan. 14, 2011, as a part-time detention officer and promoted to full-time later in the month.
Bryan was promoted to corporal Nov. 7, 2011.
Bryan’s firing was not announced in last week’s decision to terminate the employment of officers Seth Ferguson and Christina Jordan, because Bryan had not been properly notified by the sheriff’s office.
The jailers were three of four detention officers present when Jonathan Jackson, 24, Joel Vermillion, 27, and Stacy Wilson, 41, pulled back a fence in the recreation yard and jumped an outside barbed wire fence to escape the jail.
All three escapees were captured over the next several days, and the investigation into the detention staff began.
Capt. Lloyd Vincent stated in a memo to Maj. John Randall that he felt the escape could have been prevented if the detention staff had correctly performed their duties.
“Instead, they chose not to,” Vincent wrote.
Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney said Friday that all three captured inmates have been charged with third-degree escape, a class C felony.
Jackson and Wilson are being held in lieu of a $1 million bond, while Vermillion is being held without bond, court documents show.
Hiland said Jace McCollum, of Greenbrier, and Jennifer Ruminer, of Vilonia, have been charged with hindering the apprehension of Jackson.
Ruminer pleaded not guilty Friday, and has a pretrial hearing scheduled Oct. 21. McCollum is scheduled for arraignment Oct. 21.
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