WASHINGTON COUNTY – On Thursday, Washington County filed formal charges against Joseph Anthony Graham, an inmate who escaped from Purgatory Correctional Facility on Wednesday afternoon. In addition to a third-degree felony charge of escape, Graham was also charged with two additional felony counts of heroin possession. One of these charges was filed after Graham attempted to smuggle heroin and sleeping pills back into the jail on Wednesday after his recapture, according to a statement filed by the Washington County Jail.
On Wednesday, at around 3:30 p.m., Graham allegedly managed to escape undetected from Purgatory jail. Correctional officers soon learned of Graham’s escape and he was recaptured later that evening at around 9:40 p.m.
According to a statement filed by the Washington County Jail, upon re-entry into the facility, correctional officers discovered that Graham was concealing a plastic bag containing heroin and sleeping pills. As a result, Graham now faces a second-degree felony charge of drug possession.
Today, an additional first-degree felony drug charge was filed against Graham, said Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap. This new charge stems from an unrelated case dating back to May of this year, in which Graham was observed by the Washington County Drug Task Force, reportedly selling heroin in a controlled-buy.
Graham was scheduled for a first appearance today to answer to the charges stemming from his escape. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Monday to face the latest charge brought against him.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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