Man involved in Pike County Jail break gets 10 years in prison

Joseph A. Verive
Posted: Feb. 12, 2013 3:57 pm Updated: Feb. 26, 2013 5:15 pm

BOWLING GREEN, Mo. -- A third person who was part of a jail break at the Pike County Jail in September has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for his role in the incident.

Joseph A. Verive, 50, formerly of Elsberry, received four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on charges of escape from confinement and damage to jail property. He also received six years on a domestic assault charge. The prison terms will be served consecutively, meaning Verive will spend 10 years in prison.

Verive was captured on Sept. 10 in rural Pike County after he turned himself into authorities. He was one of five men who broke out of the Pike County Jail on Sept. 8. Two others involved in the jail break have also been sentenced. Jacob A. Darnell, 22, of Louisiana was sentenced to 10 years in prison on various charges. Emanuel G. Chatman, 27, of Louisiana was sentenced to 16 years on his charges, including seven years for the jail break.

Jason A. Darnell, 25, has pleaded not guilty in connection with the jail break. His next court appearance is set for March 12. He originally was jailed on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. He is lodged in the Missouri Department of Corrections. He received a five-year sentence in 2009 on a sexual assault charge.

William John Thomas Wilkerson Jr., 40, of Florissant has entered a not guilty plea in his case connected to the jail break. His next hearing is set for March 14. He is currently being lodged by the Missouri Department of Corrections on a theft charge. He was being held at the Pike County Jail at the time of the jail break on a charge of failure to appear in a 2008 theft of anhydrous ammonia.


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