Three men who escaped from the Harris County Jail in April pleaded guilty to the offense on Thursday, attorneys said.
The pleas before Harris County Superior Court Judge Gil McBride almost didn’t go through, said Assistant District Attorney Richard Mobley. Right before the trio was about to stand before the judge, Christopher Joseph Fleming, 21, said he didn’t want to take the offer, the prosecutor added.
“I said I wouldn’t let them plead, and I walked out of the courtroom,” Mobley said.
Fifteen minutes later, Fleming changed his mind and all three pleaded guilty to the April 19 escape. In addition, Fleming pleaded guilty to burglary and theft by taking motor vehicle, Mobley said.
McBride sentenced Fleming to a total of 11 years in prison, followed by nine on probation.
Joe William Seaborn, 37, had already been sentenced in December to seven years in prison, followed by eight on probation, for burglary. McBride tacked seven years onto that existing sentence for the escape charge, Mobley said.
Jamaal Hakeem Castille, 21, is serving almost 20 years for the Sept. 10, 2008, robbery of a Columbus Bank and Trust branch on Forrest Road. McBride added three years to that sentence for the escape, the prosecutor said.
The three men escaped from the jail through a faulty emergency door at the jail.