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Louisiana man sentenced in September jailbreak incident

Posted: Dec. 11, 2012 7:46 am Updated: Dec. 25, 2012 8:15 am

A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to breaking out of the Pike County Jail in September.

Emmanuel Chatman was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison after admitting to charges of escape, damage to jail property and theft in the Sept. 8 incident. The sentence was ordered to be served consecutively with a nine-year term Chatman was given after pleading guilty Dec. 3 to a felony charge of domestic assault for an incident that happened last June.

There were four other men charged in the jailbreak. Jacob and Jason Darnell, who are brothers of Louisiana, are accused of felony escape, damage to jail property and theft. Jacob Darnell faces arraignment Jan. 14. Jason Darnell has an April 11 jury trial. Joseph Verive of Clarksville will be arraigned on escape and damage charges Jan. 28 and William Wilkerson is set for a jury trial March 7 on the same charges.

Tordale Chatman of Louisiana has a counsel status hearing Dec. 19. He's accused of hindering prosecution for allegedly driving three of the escaped prisoners from Bowling Green to Louisiana.

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