Escapee Sentenced

The last of three inmates that escaped from the Carmi-White County jail nearly a year ago has been sentenced to prison.  Justin M. Bray, 29 of Allendale, Illinois was sentenced Wednesday, June 5 to five years and nine months in prison for his role in the June 16, 2018 jail break.  At the time of the escape, Bray was awaiting trial on charges related to being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and fleeing or eluding.  Bray was captured less than twelve hours after the escape near Phillipstown.  He was found hiding in an oilfield tank.

 

The other inmates that broke out of the jail were Zachary Shock, 24 of McLeansboro and Johnny E. Tipton, 61 of Campton, Kentucky.  At the time of the jail break, Shock was awaiting trial on charges of first-degree murder in Hamilton County.  Tipton was an inmate being held for federal authorities.  Both have previously been sentenced for their roles in the jail break. 

 

Shock was arrested on July 6, 2018 as he walked along a rural Gallatin County Road.  Tipton was arrested shortly after Shock's arrest. He was found hiding in a camper trailer near the Hardin County community of Cave-in-Rock. Zachary Shock was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his role in the jail break.  The sentence will run concurrently with a 31 ½ year prison sentence he received in Hamilton County for second-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm. 

 

Johnny Tipton was previously sentenced to six years in prison for the escape. He was also ordered to pay $750 in restitution to the White County Sheriff's Department for damage done to the jail during the escape.  A metal shower rod was used to break through a wall to facilitate the escape.

 

Two other defendants have previously been sentenced in connection with aiding or abetting the escape.  Wendi M. Owen, 46 of Grayville drew a 2 ½ year sentence.  Carly D. Schmittler, 28 of Grayville was sentenced to four years in prison.  

 

White County State's Attorney Denton Aud added that Justin Bray will have to serve another two years of parole once he is released from prison. The judge gave him credit for 354 days spent in the Carmi-White County jail awaiting disposition of his case.  He was also ordered to pay $462 in various fines, fees and court costs.

 

In other court action on Wednesday, June 5, Stanley L. Griffin, 35 of Crossville was sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to a class-4 felony charge of driving with a revoked license.  The judge gave Griffin credit for 33 days he has spent in jail awaiting disposition of his case.  He will have to serve another year of parole once he is released from prison and has been ordered to pay $473 in various fines, fees and court costs.