PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. – A woman accused of aiding in the escape of two prisoners from the Pulaski County Jail in September 2016 is to be sentenced today (May 17, 2017).
One of the two men who escaped has been sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison for escape, fleeing from custody and attempted assault on a law officer.
Marlee Davy, 23, pleaded guilty to aiding in the escape of a prisoner, one of the five charges she originally faced. She was to be in court at 9 a.m. today.
One of the two escapees, James Randall Sherrell, 23, was sentenced May to two years for escape, three years for assault of an officer and four years for fleeing, online court records show. The sentences are to be served consecutively, according to the Pulaski County Circuit Clerk’s office.
Prosecutors claim that Sherrell and another inmate in the Pulaski County Jail escaped from custody on Sept. 18, 2016. A jailer, Angelica Black, is charged with sexual contact with the second inmate who escaped, Dustin Richardson.
Richardson is to be tried in July in connection with the escape; Black also goes on trial in July.
It took the sheriff’s office, several surrounding county law enforcement agencies, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and multiple Oklahoma agencies to capture Richardson, Sherrell, and Davy.
In describing the escape Sheriff Ron Long said at the time that Black brought Richardson and Sherrell to the front of the jail for a ‘fake sick call.’ The inmates were left unattended and got their hands on Black’s keys.
“Since they did have the keys it was easy to access in and out so they were gone in the blink of an eye basically,” Long said.
Long said the inmates headed for the Roubidoux River. After they floated down the river, they got into a suburban with Davy, an acquaintance of. A deputy later spotted the vehicle in Crocker and began chasing them.
“During the pursuit, the driver (later identified as Davy) attempted to run over my deputy several times. Sherrell and Richardson throwing things out of the vehicle in an attempt to wreck my deputy,” Long said.
They escaped again. On Sept. 19, a tip came in leading deputies to Sherrell at a home in Crocker. Long said Sherrell surrendered peacefully. On Sept. 20, tips came in that Richardson and Davy were in Atoka, Oklahoma, Long said. Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Atoka law enforcement were contacted and arrested the pair at a McDonald’s restaurant where they were eating, he said.