jason adams

jason adams

Undetected, inmate had escaped work detail before, and returned

2w ago
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NEW PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) - The inmate who escaped a work detail in Pasco County last week admitted to having done so before, and the corrections officer who resigned is implicated in the next part of this investigation. The sheriff's office tacked on another escape charge for 27-year-old Jason Adams. They say he walked away from an inmate work detail last Monday -- for the second time. It turns out that three weeks ago, Adams admitted to doing the same thing at the same gas station: asking for a bathroom break, leaving the work detail, walking through a wooded area to a gas station about a half-mile away on State Road 54, and shopping. He returned undetected. Investigators say he bought several cartons of cigarettes, alcohol and chewing tobacco during his eight-minute shopping trip. "You see this guy coming in with shorts and a t-shirt. This looks like the average person coming in off the street," Sheriff Chris Nocco said. The sheriff's office released surveillance video that shows Adams talking with the store clerk, pointing out the blend of cigarettes and chewing tobacco he wants, walking out of frame to get beer and Four Loko, eventually paying and leaving the store. "It's pretty scary that he's out there in our community just shopping," Nocco said. Adams admitted to the August 28th escape and shopping spree following his arrest on September 9th for escaping from the same work detail the previous day. He said his plan was to smuggle the booze and tobacco products back into the Sumter Correctional Institute. The corrections officer resigned last week after Pasco detectives determined his story did not check out. "There is absolutely no doubt that the corrections officer did a horrible job out there," Nocco said. "I think that person was negligent in the fact that, how could you not notice somebody was missing, how could you notice that people are gone? And some of the arrangements that he may have had with the inmates was improper to say the least." Nocco would not elaborate on those improper arrangements the corrections officer may have had with inmates, and said it would be revealed later as the investigation continues. The sheriff also said they are working with the state Department of Corrections to implement a new plan to make sure this doesn't happen again. He would not explain the plan.