Hearing set for Sullivan

One of two inmates who allegedly climbed through a vent to escape the Webster County Jail appeared in Magistrate Court Monday.

Jason Patrick Sullivan, 43, is facing felony charges after he and another inmate, George Henry Johnson, allegedly climbed through a vent in a locked room behind a dryer Thursday evening.

He is facing a two Class D felonies: escape from custody and second-degree criminal mischief.

The criminal mischief charge is for allegedly damaging the dryer, which is valued at $2,000, according to charging documents.

His preliminary hearing is set for Friday.

The pair allegedly used two sheets tied together to reach partway to the ground from the third floor of the jail.

Police arrested Sullivan Saturday evening.

Johnson has not appeared in court, but has charges pending against him.

“(Johnson) has the same pending charges as Sullivan,” Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs said.

Johnson was taken into custody Friday at Trinity Regional Medical Center when he sought treatment for injuries sustained in the escape.

Sullivan was previously being held on felony charges of domestic abuse and false imprisonment, along with misdemeanor charges, before the alleged escape.

Sullivan allegedly choked a woman until she lost consciousness. She sustained major bruising and swelling, according to charging documents.

Online court records show the trial for Sullivan’s previous charges is set for Sept. 30.

Before the alleged escape, Johnson was held on first-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree burglary and parole violation.

Johnson allegedly entered a home while no one was home, caused more than $1,000 of damage and stole property worth more than $10,000, according to charging documents.

Online court records show a motion to enforce a plea agreement for Johnson’s charges was sustained and his trial was canceled.