Deputies: Man tried to escape from 10th floor of Franklin County jail

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A man was locked up in the Franklin County Jail facing multiple felony charges when deputies say he attempted a daring escape.

It was from the 10th floor of the jail next to the Franklin County Courthouse where officials said 36-year-old Walter Shannon made a break for it from the gym near the top of the building Sunday night.

Sheriff’s officials said Shannon climbed a security fence in the gym and made it to a ventilation duct where court documents say he climbed in. That is where they said his luck ran out. Deputies found him and pulled him out of the vent.

“Shannon never made it outside the confines of the jail,” said Sheriff office spokesman Marc Gofstein.

Monday morning, Shannon was back in a Franklin County Courtroom facing an escape charge.

“We are asking for a high bond, the defendant has demonstrated he does like to come back to court,” said the Assistant Prosecutor assigned to his case. He is being held on $50,000 bond.

Court records show before the attempt, he faced a half-dozen felony drug, weapons and traffic charges.

Sheriff Detectives are investigating and have yet to release the surveillance video which allegedly shows Shannon’s attempted escape.

Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown said our two current jails will be replaced in two years.

“They’re outdated they don’t allow for training rooms we need they don’t allow for the healthcare facilities we are going to put in the new facility, and they are not designed for new kinds of corrections,” Brown said.

The new Franklin County jail on Fisher Road will replace the downtown jail, and eventually the Jackson Pike jail. The new jail is still under construction and is expected to be completed by 2020.

Shannon will be back in court on May 9th.

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