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Vermillion in court Friday morning

Posted: January 23, 2014 - 7:39pm

Three court hearings are scheduled Friday for one of three inmates authorities say escaped the Faulkner County jail in August.

Joel Vermillion, 27, is set to appear before Faulkner County Circuit Judge Ed Clawson at 9 a.m. Vermillion faces four felony charges in two cases, along with a probation revocation.

At his last hearing Dec. 20, Vermillion’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Otto Fry, told the court an offer had been made to Vermillion, but possible pending charges in Pulaski County prevented resolution at the time.

Clawson continued the hearings until Friday.

In August, Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock said Vermillion admitted to carjacking a woman at a southwest Little Rock gas station while escaped from jail.

According to a Little Rock Police Department incident report, the 51-year-old victim said she was approached by a man, who acted as if he had a weapon, and “asked her several times if she wanted to live.”

The victim said she was then grabbed by the male subject and was thrown to the ground, which caused her to hit her head on the concrete. Police said the woman was taken to a Little Rock hospital by her husband where she was treated for lacerations to the back of her head and a possible fracture to her lower back.

Vermillion and Stacy Wilson, 41, were located in the stolen vehicle in Mayflower later the same day, and apprehended by authorities in the Duncan Outdoors parking lot on Dave Ward Drive.

Vermillion is being held without bond at the Faulkner County jail.

Wilson, who is being held on a $1 million bond, faces six felony charges in five different cases. His next court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 29.

Jonathan Jackson, 24, the third escaped inmate, pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including third-degree escape, Dec. 20. Jackson received 15 years in prison, which he is currently serving at the Delta Regional Unit in Dermott, according to the Arkansas Department of Corrections website.

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