Jail prisoner charged with aiding escape

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Jeffery Coleman, an Excelsior Springs man held in custody in Ray County on a $15,000 cash bond, is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on a charge he aided in the escape of another prisoner.

Appearing in court Nov. 27, Coleman, 38, told Associate Circuit Judge James Thompson that he expected an attorney to formally enter an appearance to represent him and request a reduction in his bond.

“I would have to have a motion on file and an attorney to argue it for you,” Thompson told the prisoner.

According to the state’s court Web site, as of Dec. 7 no attorney had filed paperwork to become Coleman’s lawyer.

Coleman faces a B Felony charge that carries a range of punishment between five and 15 years in prison. Coleman has previous felony activity on his record, including a C Felony marijuana possession charge scheduled for jury trial in Ray County in January 2013.

The state’s aiding-in-the-escape charge is based on an affidavit of probable cause filed by a sheriff’s deputy who drove escaped prisoner Daniel Allen McCarty back to Ray County from the Caldwell County Jail.

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