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3rd man in Adams Co Jail escape plot pleads Guilty

3rd man in Adams Co Jail escape plot pleads Guilty

1 week, 6 days ago by Scott Hardy

Brian Dyer pleaded Guilty to one of 3 counts, will be sentenced January 6

One of five current and former Adams County Jail inmates, accused of plotting an escape earlier this year, has admitted his role in the attempted escape.  

Brian Dyer was in Adams County Circuit Court Thursday, where he pleaded Guilty to one count of Criminal Damage to Government property. He also pleaded Guilty to one Class X count of Attempted Murder from a March incident. In return, prosecutors dropped seven other counts against Dyer, who will be sentenced January 6th. Dyer's the third person to have pleaded Guilty in the case. Two other men, William Brewer and Christopher Schmidt, have also pleaded Guilty and been sentenced to a year in prison, in settlements with prosecutors. Two other men have pleaded Not Guilty in the case. All five were indicted on charges of Attempted Escape, Conspiracy and Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property. Authorities say they got a tip that the five were conspiring to escape. Charging documents say the five had dug and scraped mortar and removed bricks from a wall inside the jail.

The last attempted escape from the jail happened in 2014, when a guard was stabbed. That incident led to the 2016 passage of the quarter-cent sales tax that is paying for the building of the new Adams County Jail. That's set to be completed early next year.

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