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Inmate charged with escape waives hearing

August 15, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man charged with escaping from Franklin County Sheriff's Office deputies earlier this month waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court.

Jamie A. Yeager, 27, of Waynesboro, Pa., who was serving a state prison sentence for attempted burglary when he jumped out of a sheriff's office van on Aug. 3 near Greenvillage, Pa., is charged with escape and fleeing to avoid trial or punishment, according to court records. His mandatory arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Yeager was brought back to the county a few days before his escape attempt for a bond hearing pending an appeal of his conviction. He was taken back to the state prison in Camp Hill, Pa., on Aug. 3, but the prison would not accept him because bail had been set, Chief Deputy Preston Strayer said after Yeager was caught.

That $150,000 bail was revoked Monday at another hearing, Strayer said Tuesday.

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Because he uses a cane to walk, Yeager had only one hand cuffed to a belly band and no leg shackles as he was being driven back from Camp Hill to the county jail, Strayer said Aug. 3. Yeager somehow was able to open the door to the van and run off, although he soon was caught by Pennsylvania State Police, Strayer said.

After being returned to the sheriff's office in the courthouse, Yeager was able to wiggle free of the belly band and used it to try to hang himself from a coat rack in the holding cell, Strayer said.

The coat rack has been removed, Strayer said.

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