There was a bit of irony in the Tuesday escape at Hopkins County jail.
One of the two escapees, John Marlin King, had recently been sentenced to serve a 40-year prison sentence on a drug-related conviction and, as usual, was awaiting paperwork from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before being transferred to state prison, where he was already wanted for a parole violation.
Sheriff Butch Adams said King's escape came only hours before the sheriff's department received the paperwork from the prison system to transfer King.
After King's capture late Thursday in Cooper, he was arraigned on felony escape charges before Justice of the Peace Yvonne King Friday morning and had bond set at a half-million dollars.
Immediately after being arraigned, King was loaded securely into a department transfer vehicle and was headed for the TDCJ reception center in Huntsville, where he will begin serving the 40-year sentence.
Adams said King will be returned to Hopkins County at a later date to face trial on the escape charges.
Meanwhile, the other escapee, Brian Allen Tucker, will remain in Hopkins County jail awaiting trial for the April 2011 murder and robbery of a Mahoney man.
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