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Man Sentenced For Helping Inmate Escape From Jail

Last updated on Friday, December 2, 2011

(BLOOMFIELD) - 49-year-old David Dale Foster, who drove the get-away car in a March plot for an inmate to escape from the Greene County Jail was sentenced to seven years in prison.

He was sentenced Wednesday in Greene Circuit Court to six years for aiding an escape; and one year for resisting law enforcement.

Circuit Judge Erik Allen ordered that Foster's sentences -- the result of a negotiated plea agreement that he has signed -- be served consecutively, meaning the sentences for each count must be served one after the other.

The alleged escapee, Clinten R. Dalton, 24, of Jasonville, and Foster were apprehended on a county road near the jail after fleeing from law enforcement officers.

Dalton entered a plea agreement on June 13 and was sentenced on Sept. 28 to six years with the DOC with two years suspended on the escape charge.

Judge Allen ordered that his sentenced be served consecutively to two other convictions. Dalton was sentenced on Sept. 28 to 15 years with five years suspended for dealing methamphetamine, a class B felony and he was also given five years probation.

That sentence is to run concurrent to a sentence of 15 years with five years suspended for dealing methamphetamine-manufactures that was also handed down on Sept. 28.

The two were arrested by Greene County Sheriff Det. Christopher McDonald who had been watching as Dalton managed to get out of the building and made his way into Foster's waiting vehicle.

Police had information that some inmates had possibly been leaving C block and were able to pick up contraband that someone was dropping off at the rear of the jail.

Sheriff Terry Pierce called for an investigation to determine who was dropping off contraband from the outside and which inmates were receiving it.

Damage to a ventilation system and a mechanical chase area was found and officers believed if an inmate could manage to get into the chase and drop down approximately 14-16 feet, they could exit through a door that allows mechanical workers access to electrical, plumbing and other systems.

McDonald noted that officers had received an anonymous tip that "something big" was planned for evening of March 3.

The officers were waiting when Foster pulled up on the south side of the jail and waited.

Police were expecting someone to drop off contraband, instead police say Dalton ran from the rear of the jail and got into the car. The vehicle drove off onto County Road 70E, east of the jail.

Police chased the vehicle, which almost crashed several times, before they stopped and the men were arrested.

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