One of three inmates to escape the Faulkner County jail in August pleaded guilty Friday to multiple charges, including a third-degree escape charge.
Jonathan Jackson, 24, entered guilty pleas in Faulkner County Circuit Court on four felony charges in three separate cases, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. As part of his plea deal, charges on two felonies and two misdemeanors were not prosecuted.
In a September 2012 case, Jackson pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft by receiving and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance. Jackson received a 10-year prison sentence for each count.
In a January 2013 case, Jackson pleaded guilty to possession with intention to deal meth or cocaine, and received a 15-year prison sentence, in addition to a five-year suspended sentence. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license were not prosecuted.
All charges from another September case, which included theft by receiving and driving on a suspended license, were not prosecuted.
In an August 2013 case, which stemmed from his escape from the Faulkner County jail, Jackson pleaded guilty to third-degree escape and received a 10-year prison sentence.
Although Jackson received multiple sentences, it was ruled all prison terms would be served concurrently, meaning all of his prison sentences will be served in 15 years.
In addition, Jackson was ordered to pay $1,127.95 in restitution and up to $1,655 in fines.
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office has said Jackson, Joel Vermillion, 27, and Stacy Wilson, 41, escaped the detention facility, located at 500 S. German Lane, on Aug. 17 by pulling back a fence in the recreation yard.
The inmates’ escape launched a multiple agency manhunt for their capture in the next several days. Jackson was the final inmate to be captured, which was completed almost three days after the original escape by U.S. Marshals at an Oklahoma City motel.
Vermillion and Wilson were both captured in the parking lot of Duncan Outdoors, almost two days after the escape.
Vermillion, who faces four felony charges in two cases along with a probation revocation, also appeared in court Friday.
Vermillion’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Otto Fry, told the court an offer has been made to his client, however, charges could be pending in Pulaski County regarding a vehicle theft which allegedly involved Vermillion while he was loose from the Faulkner County jail.
Vermillion’s hearings were continued to Jan. 24 by Circuit Judge Ed Clawson.
Wilson, who is being held on a $1 million bond, faces six felony charges in five different cases, two relating to the August escape. Wilson’s next court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 29.
Two Faulkner County residents, accused of hindering the apprehension of Jackson, also appeared in court Friday.
All court hearings for Jennifer Ruminer, 31, of Vilonia, were continued to Jan. 3. Ruminer faces multiple charges in two cases.
In cases regarding Jace McCollum, 29, of Greenbrier, both the prosecution and defense told the court that plea negotiations have occurred, however, no resolution has been reached. McCollum’s hearings were continued to Jan. 2.
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