Man receives 7 years in prison for jail escape

Robert MeadWHITE COUNTY — A 32-year-old Johnston City man who escaped from the White County jail last October has been sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Robert Mead escaped in October 2014 along with 26-year-old Donald H. Currier. Both were caught several hours later in Saline County. Currier drew a 5 year sentence for the escape, plus another 8 years for stabbing a Grayville man for a total of 13 years in prison.

The two men were discovered missing from their jail cell in White County last year, with corrections officers discovering a hole in the ceiling of the cell and another hole in the roof of the jail.

They were later discovered at a home in Saline County and taken back into custody.

Mead was being held at the time of the escape on charges of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, for which he was sentenced to six months in the county jail and four years of probation, which will be served concurrently.

He was also facing charges of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, criminal damage to government supported property and driving on a suspended license, all of which were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.