Sentence handed down in inmate escape

Published 10:06 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Selma man pleaded guilty Monday to escaping the Dallas County Jail last year with two other inmates.

According to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson, Derrick Washington Jr., 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree escape and was sentenced to 10 years.

Court records show Washington, along with inmates Michael Christian and Jeremy Swann, used force against a guard and took his keys to escape the jail.

The guard was attempting to lockdown several inmates when they assaulted the guard by throwing some sort of substance in his eyes, temporarily blinding him, according to an affidavit from Captain Mike Granthum with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

Granthum stated the inmates then took the guard’s keys and escaped from the jail, which led to a week-long man hunt.

Washington was in jail after being arrested in June 2015 and charged with attempted murder in the assault of a Selma man that was stomped in the head so severely his jaw had to be wired shut.

According to a previous Times-Journal report, Washington and Corey Rabb were arrested in June 2015 from assaulting a 21-year-old near the intersection of Keller Avenue and Lawrence Street.

Former Selma Police Department Lt. Curtis Muhannad said at the time of the arrest Washington and Rabb were friends with the victim, whose jaw was dislocated. They were both charged with attempted murder.

Christian was in jail for rape, sodomy, burglary and theft, as well as two escape charges, while Swann was in jail for an August 2014 arrest for the alleged repeated rape of an underage female.

Swann was captured the day after the escape in Burnsville. Christian was captured almost a week later near County Roads 83 and 88 in Autauga County. Washington was captured exactly a week later after a traffic stop on Broad Street.

He told officers he attempted to sell some stuff to get enough money to get out of town but was unable to get enough.

Christian pleaded guilty to the rape, sodomy and burglary charges in May and was sentenced to 60 years.