Posted: Wednesday, July 24th 2013 at 1:39pm
Cantrell faces additional charges after escape
By B.J. Williams Editor
GAINESVILLE - The inmate who escaped last week from the Hall County Courthouse now faces additional charges after the incident.
James Edward Cantrell made a court appearance Tuesday to hear the new charges - escape and theft by taking, both felonies.
The 46-year-old Cantrell managed to slip away from a group of inmates being transferred from the courthouse to a jail transport vehicle and steal a pickup truck on Tuesday, July 16. He had made a court appearance that day for violation of a protective order, according to Hall County authorities.
Cantrell remained missing for almost a week, but was caught Monday night at a hotel in Tucker.
Also on Tuesday, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch fired the two deputies who were in charge of the prisoners at the time of Cantrell's escape.
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