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Both Sharp Co. jail escapees behind bars

Mickeal Shaun Painter, Courtesy of Sharp County Jail Mickeal Shaun Painter, Courtesy of Sharp County Jail
Shawn Michael Lewis, Courtesy of Sharp County Jail Shawn Michael Lewis, Courtesy of Sharp County Jail

by Stan Morris email | twitter

SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Two inmates escape from the Sharp County jail Wednesday morning but according to the sheriff's office both are back behind bars.

27 year old Mickeal Shaun Painter was arrested Wednesday evening at about 8:20 PM in Batesville. Authorities say he escaped with 27 year old Shawn Michael Lewis Tuesday night just after 8:00 PM. Lewis was arrested Wednesday morning in Pine Bluff.

The escape wasn't noticed until 6:00 AM Wednesday morning, when jailers on duty noticed the two missing during breakfast. Jailers say they checked security equipment which revealed the two had hidden in the shower, which was attached to their cellblock. When jailers were checking the female unit, the two inmates went through the shower and out the main doors at 8:20 PM.

Painter is in jail for residential burglary and theft of property, both felonies, while Lewis is serving time for fleeing and battery in the first and second degree.

 

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