Bulloch County Superior Court Judge Gates Peed sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for a conviction in an April 2012 escape from custody.
A jury found Ricky Jacktavian Mosley, 25, of Simmons Lane, guilty of escaping a transport van while being brought to the jail for court hearings.
After a one-day trial, jurors "returned a guilty verdict on the charge of escape, the sole charge in the indictment," Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Daphne Jarriel said.
Jurors deliberated for about a half-hour before reaching a verdict, she said.
On April 10, 2012, Mosley was being transported to the Bulloch County Jail from Georgia State Prison in Reidsville for jury selection the following day, she said.
At the time of his escape, Mosley was a state inmate and was serving a 10-year sentence for a robbery that occurred in Bulloch County on June 10, 2005.
"Mosley entered a guilty plea to that charge on Jan. 31, 2006, and entered the Georgia Department of Corrections prison system and began his 10-year sentence," Jarriel said.
"He was paroled early by the Georgia Department of Corrections on Dec. 28, 2010, and was to be supervised by parole until June 7, 2015."
But while on parole, Mosley was arrested in November 2011 by Statesboro police Detective Patrick Harrelson on charges of theft by taking, false imprisonment, kidnapping, battery and criminal trespass. His parole on the previous robbery case was revoked and he was sent back to prison, she said.
Statesboro police Public Information Officer Justin Samples said Thursday that the incident involved a domestic disturbance on Broad Street that occurred in September 2011.
When he escaped, Mosley was with five other inmates in the van, and was slated for jury selection the following day on his pending case involving the Statesboro police charges.
A sheriff's transport officer testified about Mosley's escape as he stopped the van at the jail's sally port.
"Upon arriving at the jail, the inmates were removed from the transport van in the sally port area of the Bulloch County Jail to be taken inside for processing," Jarriel said. Part of the state's evidence included "a video that showed Mosley exit the van and immediately walk around the side of the transport van and begin to run out of the sally port area."
At the time of the escape, Bulloch County Chief Deputy Jared Akins said Mosley "somehow slipped out of handcuffs and leg irons while still on the transport van."
Akins said Mosley fled when being escorted into the jail, ran through the Bulloch County Correctional Institute garden and scaled a fence.
Deputies called in help from area agencies including the Georgia State Patrol helicopter and K-9 units from Reidsville, but the dogs were unable to pick up a good trail and Mosley remained at large throughout the night.
The search involved members of the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, Statesboro Police Department, Georgia State Patrol and the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Savannah, Jarriel said.
Special Deputy U.S. Marshal Charles Anderson with the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force testified during the trial about "extensive search efforts" made to locate Mosley, who was captured April 13, 2012, at Blakewood apartments in Statesboro, she said.
Anderson testified that he and members of the Statesboro Police Department arrested Mosley and took him to the jail before he was transported back to the prison.
Jarriel and Assistant District Attorney Joseph Cushner prosecuted the case.
Mosley initially was represented by Stuart Patray with the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office. Patray represented Mosley through opening statements made by ADA Daphne Jarriel and made an opening statement on behalf of Mosley, but after opening statements, Mosley told Peed he wished to represent himself without an attorney, Jarriel said.
Following Jarriel's recommendation, Peed sentenced Mosley to 10 years in prison. Mosley still has outstanding charges of aggravated assault in Butts County as well as the pending Bulloch County charges from the Statesboro case, she said.
Since Mosley's escape, improvements funded by Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax monies have elevated security at the jail, Akins said Thursday.
"After the incident with Mosley, the sheriff (Lynn Anderson) was able to make several physical security upgrades to the jail using SPLOST money," Akins said. "These upgrades improved on the early 1990s-era equipment in place at the time of Mosley's escape and included a new perimeter gate, which closes automatically; new sally port gates, which can be closed before inmates are removed from a transport vehicle; and new camera system upgrades, which allow jail officers to better monitor the facility."
Further efforts to prevent similar escapes included retraining transport deputies, he said.
A new transport division was formed, which includes "certified gun-carrying deputies," and policies were revised regarding the number of deputies assigned to transport groups of inmates, Akins said.
"While there is no inescapable jail, just like there is no unsinkable ship, we hope that these improvements greatly lessen the chance of another incident," he said.
Holli Deal Bragg maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.