Corey Deon Lyles, accused of strangling a 17-year-old before escaping from a work detail in Talbot County, pleaded guilty on Monday and was sentenced to 25 years in prison with no chance of parole.
Lyles, 21, admitted to two different escapes, a robbery, theft and aggravated assault, said Senior Assistant District Attorney Wayne Jernigan.
The first happened on July 6 at a Talbot County tree farm, where Lyles — a Marion County Jail inmate — was on a work detail.
“He was working in a group of five or six inmates on the tree farm,” Jernigan said. “He basically told the preacher who was working on the tree farm that he had to go to the bathroom real bad.”
The pastor finally gave Lyles permission to take the “Gator,” an ATV, the 300 to 400 yards where the bathroom sat. While driving to the bathroom, Lyles came upon a 17-year-old volunteer also working at the tree farm, the prosecutor said.
Lyles drove up to the man and told him he needed to drive both of them to the bathroom. The teen agreed and took Lyles to the bathroom, where Lyles entered and quickly left the structure.
“He said, ‘You’ve got to see this,’” Jernigan said. “The victim said, ‘I’m not crazy.’”
The teen then jumped on the Gator and tried to get away, though Lyles jumped on him and began choking him.
“He choked him to the point where he had hemorrhages in his eyes,” Jernigan said, adding that usually is found only on dead bodies.
The teen tried to fight Lyles, though the inmate was bigger and he couldn’t escape.
“He faked having a seizure and it kind of threw the defendant off,” Jernigan said.
That gave the teen the chance to kick Lyles, though the inmate again grabbed him. Lyles took the teen’s cell phone, hopped on the Gator and drove off.
Authorities caught Lyles in LaFayette, Ala., days later, Jernigan said.
In September, Lyles escaped from the Marion County Jail. This time, he was caught minutes later by a car lot by the jail, the prosecutor said. He was charged with escape, theft and obstruction of an officer. The theft charge came from taking his jail clothes, the prosecutor said.
Lyles was convicted in 2005 of statutory rape and child molestation. In 2007, he was convicted of violation of the sex offender registry. In April, he pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of an officer, Jernigan said.
Lyles was serving time on the obstruction cases when he escaped.
Those previous convictions meant Lyles isn’t eligible for parole. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by five on probation, Jernigan said.