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Two Deputies Fired After Inmate Escapes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Hall County Sheriff's officials say two deputies have been fired after an inmate escaped from custody last week.

Authorities said Tuesday that two deputies assigned to transport detail July 16 were fired after 46-year-old James Edward Cantrell escaped. Cantrell was being taken from the courthouse to a bus being used to take inmates back to the county jail.

Sheriff's officials tell the Gainesville Times the deputies didn't have the inmates lined up in an orderly fashion and weren't in a proper position to monitor them.

Officials say the deputies didn't see Cantrell slip out of line and hide in an alcove, and failed to do a head count before leaving the courthouse, when the bus was loaded, and when it arrived at the county jail.

Cantrell was captured Monday.


Associated Press Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities searching for an inmate accused of escaping from custody in Hall County have located a truck that investigators believe he used in the getaway.

Hall County sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said Atlanta police Wednesday evening found the vehicle on Etheridge Street in Atlanta.

Authorities said 46-year-old James Edward Cantrell of Gainesville remained at large Thursday.

The Times of Gainesville reports that the escape happened Tuesday, as Cantrell was in custody at the Hall County Courthouse. Sheriff's officials said Cantrell concealed himself in the alcove of a doorway on the exterior of the building, then found the nearby truck with the keys in the ignition.

Authorities said Cantrell was at the courthouse in connection with a protective order associated with a family violence charge.

Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com


Associated Press Release

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Law officers in northeast Georgia were searching for an inmate they say escaped from custody while he was being transferred from the Hall County Courthouse to a transport vehicle.

WDUN Radio reports that the escape happened Tuesday afternoon.

Hall County sheriff's officials identified the inmate as 46-year-old James Edward Cantrell of Gainesville.

Sheriff's officials said Cantrell was able to conceal himself in the alcove of a doorway on the exterior of the building, then found a nearby work truck which had the keys in the ignition.

Authorities said Cantrell was at the courthouse in connection with a temporary protective order that was associated with a family violence charge. Sheriff's officials say he should be considered dangerous.

Information from: WDUN-AM, http://www.accessnorthga.com/wdun/


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