Stacy Ray Wilson, one of three inmates that recently escaped the Faulkner County jail, pleaded not guilty to third-degree escape in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon.
Wilson, 41, entered the plea before Judge Mike Maggio.
Wilson, along with Jonathan Jackson, 24, and Joel Vermillion, 27, escaped the detention facility, located at 500 S. German Lane, Aug. 17. All three inmates were captured over the next several days.
Wilson and Vermillion were captured in the Duncan Outdoors parking lot on Dave Ward Drive, less than two miles from the jail from which they escaped two days prior, after they were seen, in Mayflower, by Faulkner County Sheriff’s deputies, in a stolen vehicle out of Little Rock.
Court documents show Wilson’s bond was set at $1 million in his first appearance Aug. 21.
Wilson will next appear in court Oct. 7 on five charges, including four that were continued Monday until the October date. The charges include residential burgarly, a class B felony, theft of property, a class C felony, failure to appear, a class C felony, and theft by receiving, a class D felony.
Vermillion, who is being held without bond, is set for a pre-trial hearing Sept. 30 before Judge Ed Clawson. Court documents do not show Jackson has been charged with escape, however, the defendant has two October court dates for other cases.
An investigation into the escape was launched by the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Andy Shock has said the investigation’s findings should be released this week.
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