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Hedgesville woman charged after escaping from custody

November 19, 2005|By CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., woman was charged with a felony count of escape from custody after she allegedly ran away on foot from a courthouse Thursday afternoon, according to police.

Sherry M. Kirby, 30, aka Sherry Heck, of 3627 Swinging Bridge Road, was arraigned on the charge Thursday night.

Martinsburg Police Department Officer E.L. Chrisman wrote in court records that Kirby had been taken to Magistrate Court to be arraigned on charges of forgery and uttering.

After the arraignment Chrisman walked Kirby, who was handcuffed, down the courthouse's front steps toward a police cruiser to be taken to jail.

"Sherry Kirby slipped her hand out of one of the handcuffs and slipped out of my grasp. She then began running away from me on foot," Chrisman wrote in court records.

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Kirby made it only about half a block, to the intersection of John and Queen streets, before being caught, records state.

Conviction on a charge of escape carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

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