3 plead guilty in connection with prison escape

Inmate was wheeled past security in cart, picked up by wife

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3 plead guilty in connection with prison escape
A St. Charles Parish inmate and two others who were charged with aiding his escape last July have all pled guilty in connection with the crime.

Charles Conrad III, 35, escaped from the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center in Killona after scaling a fence near the facility’s dumpster. Conrad, who was serving jail time for armed robbery and second-degree battery, was arrested 11 hours later.

Conrad pled guilty to simple escape and was sentenced to two additional years in jail. However, police say he had help during his flight from jail and two others were arrested after their involvement.

Keidrike Ayo, an inmate who was serving a five-year sentence for illegal possession of stolen things, helped Conrad into a cart and covered him with trash bags. Ayo then pushed the cart out a side door into an unsecured parking lot, which allowed Conrad to scale the fence and make his escape.

Ayo pled guilty to a reduced charge of conspiracy to commit resisting an officer and was sentenced to six months in jail. His sentence will run concurrent to the jail time he is already serving.

After Conrad scaled the fence, he was picked up by his wife, Erica Williams. After being picked up, Conrad went to a Kenner motel where he was later captured.

Williams pled guilty to accessory after the fact to simple escape and received a one-year jail sentence that was deferred. She was also placed on inactive probation for a year.

After Conrad’s escape, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne launched an internal investigation into the matter. Following the investigation, one deputy resigned and another was terminated for violation of department policies and procedures.

The escape also resulted in structural changes to the prison, including the addition of razor wire to the fence Conrad climbed over.

Conrad is now being held at the Allen Correctional Center while Ayo is imprisoned at the Avoyelles Correctional Center.

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