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Man injured while attempting to escape from jail

By Staff
Melissa Cason
An inmate injured himself while trying to escape from the exercise yard at the Franklin County Detention Center earlier this week.
Jail administrator Capt. James Woodall said Joseph Thomas Postell, 20, of 28779 Nick Davis Road in Harvest, sustained injuries from the barbwire fence when he climbed over one of the two fecnes surrounding the facility.
"The attempted escape happened during his exercise time," Woodall said. "He climbed over one of the fences, but did not attempt to climb the second fence because of his injuries."
Postell, who had been in the jail since late April on burglary and assault charges, was treated at the jail and later sent to Russellville Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
"He received a large cut on his leg, which had to be glued back together instead of stitches," Woodall said. "And he has a compressed fracture in his foot."
As a result of his attempted escape, Postell now faces additional charges of second-degree escape, which is a Class C felony, which carries a sentence of one to 10 years in prison upon conviction.

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