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The accomplice in a failed escape from Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail will serve eight months in jail after pleading guilty to two charges.
Raekwon Lamont Jones, 19, of Williamsburg was charged with attempted escape and two counts of assaulting a correctional officer following the Aug. 29 incident.
He was scheduled for a trial Thursday in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court but instead accepted a plea deal and admitted guilt to the attempted escape and one count of assaulting a correctional officer.
The second count of assaulting a correctional officer was dropped by the prosecution.
Judge Michael McGinty accepted the guilty pleas and the plea agreement, which sentenced Jones to 10 years in prison with all but eight months suspended.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Nate Green said Jones talked to other individuals about escaping before the Aug. 29 incident but did not seem to have a plan. Green said Jones was investigated after another inmate, Kendell Serrette, allegedly approached an officer from behind and injured him with a “shank” as part of an attempted escape.
Green said Jones assaulted two officers when he was questioned about his involvement in the attempted escape. Neither officer needed medical treatment for their injuries, Green said.
It was later determined Jones and Serrette had spoken to each other about escaping, Green said. Serrette planned to hide in the shower during inmate counts and then assault a correctional officer, Green said. He would have then carried Jones out of the jail in a garbage can and escape under the guise of taking out the trash, Green said.
Defense attorney Christine Demodna said Jones decided not to follow through with the plan because the officer Serrette planned to target “was nice to him,” but she said Jones did not attempt to stop Serrette.
Demodna added her client had no knowledge of any plans to use a weapon in the assault.
At the time of the incident, Jones was awaiting trial for sexual assault charges. He has since pleaded guilty to the two charges in York County-Poquoson Circuit Court and is awaiting sentencing.
Serrette’s case will be revisited March 24 in WJCC Circuit Court.