Stout escapes again before being recaptured again

one inmate still loose

October 24, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - The third time was not the charm for inmate Benji Stout, who was recaptured Saturday after escaping from the Lincoln County Regional Jail Friday night. Stout had escaped from custody twice before in Garrard County.

Stout, of Garrard County, was one of three inmates who broke out of the jail by scaling a wall and cutting a hole in the perimeter fence. Stout and fellow inmate Christopher S. Spoonamore were recaptured behind the Stanford Wal-Mart about 11:45 a.m. Saturday while hiding in a car, said deputy jailer Carl Leech.

The third inmate, Richard Thomas Schmiers, 23, of Lincoln County, remained at large Saturday night. Schmiers was last seen wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and flip flops, and is described as weighing 185 pounds with green eyes, short brown hair and a medium build.

Schmiers was serving 12 months for theft over $300. He is not believed to be armed or dangerous but the public is advised not to approach him if he is sighted. Anyone with information about Schmiers' location should call 911 or the jail at (606) 365-4580.


Jail officials said that about 10:30 p.m. Friday, Schmiers, Spoonamore and Stout scaled the outdoor recreation wall and cut a hole through the surrounding wire fence with a pair of pliers. They had been released into the outdoor pen for recreation time but it's unknown how they obtained pliers, Leech said.

Stout and Spoonamore, 24, of Berea, were recaptured 13 hours after they escaped. Neither was considered dangerous, but Stout had been labeled an escape risk last month after slipping from his cuffs and escaping twice in Garrard County.

On his last escape, Stout was at large for a day before authorities found him hiding under a low deck behind a Lancaster residence. He had been arrested in Lancaster and, previously, in Lexington by Secret Service agents on counterfeiting charges. Stout was being held in the Lincoln jail on charges of possession of a forged instrument, third-degree assault, and two counts of escape.

Stout will now be placed in maximum security, Leech said.

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