Escapee appears in local court for alleged violations

By Nick Walton - [email protected]



A Champaign County man captured last week after escaping from a correctional facility appeared in the Champaign County Common Pleas Court Monday.

Troy B. Byrd, 29, appeared in court for a community control violation hearing after the Adult Parole Authority filed community control violation allegations against him.

A notice of supervision violation filed on Monday states Byrd violated community control supervision by breaking out of the SEPTA Correctional Facility, Nelsonville, on April 1, admitting he used methamphetamine at the SEPTA program on March 31, testing positive for cocaine, buprenorphine and opiates on April 7, and failing to complete the SEPTA Community Based Correctional Facility residential program.

Byrd did not contest probable cause, but contested the merits of the violations. A hearing on the merits is scheduled for April 17.

Byrd was sentenced to 23 months in prison in December 2015 after pleading guilty to possession of heroin and resisting arrest. Judicial release was granted in June 2016 and Byrd was placed on community control for a period of three years.

After he was found to have violated conditions of community control, Byrd was returned to community control on March 7 under the conditions that he gain admission to and complete the SEPTA Community Based Correctional Facility residential program and complete any aftercare programming to be completed upon release from the facility.

After escaping from the correctional facility last week, Byrd was sighted as a passenger in a vehicle in Delaware on the evening of April 4.

Officers from the Delaware Police Department responded to the area and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield and continued on London Road to South U.S. Highway 42. The pursuit continued on South U.S. Highway 42 reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour and ended inside Union after the suspect vehicle’s tires were deflated.

The alleged driver, Jamie V. Jarrett, 38, was charged with obstructing justice and failure to comply. Her bond was set at $300,000 in Delaware Municipal Court last Wednesday and the next hearing in her case is scheduled for Friday according to the court’s website.

According to a criminal complaint filed against Jarrett in the municipal court, she admitted to communicating with Byrd over the phone while he was at the correctional facility and police learned Jarrett assisted Byrd in planning his escape.

At the time of his escape, Byrd was the third offender to recently escape from the facility on April 1.


By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.