Couple charged with assisting escaped Screven Co. inmate

Couple charged with assisting escaped Screven Co. inmate

SCREVEN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - A Sylvania couple has been charged with assisting the previously escaped inmate in Screven County.

According to the sheriff’s office, 39-year-old Tammy Copeland Edwards and her husband, 35-year-old Daniel Lamar Edwards, have been arrested and charged with hindering apprehension of a criminal. That charge is a felony in Georgia and carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.

The sheriff’s office says the couple did not help Frederick Lamont Jones escape, the charges stem from acts that took place in the following days.

According to police, Tammy Edwards is Jones’ sister.

The sheriff says this escape serves as a reminder that the cell doors and locks are only as good as the people who check them.

Sheriff Mike Kile says investigators found Jones hiding in an empty rental trailer after days on the run. It all started when a jailer came into Jones’ pod for a head count.

“When he goes in, if the door’s pulled closed he doesn’t have to lock it. It locks itself. And he didn’t pull the door closed,” said Sheriff Kile.

Sheriff Kile says Jones was sitting by the door and darted through, down the hall and through an outside door in a snap.

“If it had been a planned escape, he’d have had somebody in a car out there waiting on him. When they run without shoes, it’s a spur of the moment thing.”

Investigators found Jones on a tip he was at his sister’s house.

“They gave him a place to hide, a warm place to stay, new clothing, some food of course.”

The sheriff says he’s reminding all of his jail staff to check those doors behind them each and every time.

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