Jail vandal, courthouse escapee sentenced


WALLA WALLA — A man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to escaping from the Walla Walla County Courthouse after previously vandalizing the jail lobby was sentenced Monday afternoon in Superior Court.

Coleman D. Cantrell, 19, was ordered to serve 90 days, the low end of the standard-range jail term of three to eight months he faced based on his criminal history.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Scott Wolfram went along with a prosecution recommendation.

Wolfram gave Cantrell credit for the 56 days he’d already served, and assessed him a total of nearly $3,000 in restitution, court costs and fees.

Cantrell’s attorney, Julie Brown, said previously in court she believed Cantrell has mental health issues that need to be addressed. She told Wolfram on Monday, however, she never quite got to the bottom of why Cantrell committed the crimes.

He said in court he plans to enter rehab when he is released.

Cantrell pleaded guilty April 7 to second-degree escape, in addition to the previous charge of second-degree malicious mischief.

On March 10 at the courthouse, Cantrell — who had just been arraigned on the malicious mischief charge — somehow managed to remove a leg restraint and bolted from officers as he was being led down the third-story hallway toward the jail.

In striped jail garb and handcuffs, he ran south on Fifth Avenue and ended up on Grape Street where his mother lives.

Before officials could apprehend him, he was grabbed and detained by a woman relative who works at the Washington State Penitentiary.

Cantrell had been arrested Feb. 24 when he went to the jail lobby saying to wanted to be turn himself in, however there were no warrants for his arrest.

“He began throwing the garbage can about the lobby, punching the metal lockers and putting a dent in the side of them,” according to a county Sheriff’s Office report filed in court.

“He also urinated on the floor, and then kicked the touch screen of the lobby ATM machine, causing the screen to shatter and rendering it out of service.”

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.


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