Kenneth W. Herrington, an inmate held for Meridian Police at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility, is back in custody after allegedly attempting to escape. Herrington, already facing charges of burglary, kidnapping, forcible rape, and sexual battery, allegedly tried to escape from the jail around 2:30 p.m.
"Fortunately the razor wire that we installed a little over a year ago formed a perimeter that prohibited the individual from escaping out of the yard itself," said Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie.
Sollie says his office is interviewing at least one inmate who may have helped Herrington.
"He had fashioned a rope that he attached to the girders that hold up the chain-link fence above the recreation yard," said the sheriff. "This rope was used to place his feet in, to give him additional height to reach the chain-link fencing and bend it back to get on top of the roof."
According to Sollie, Herrington has a history of escaping from correctional facilities.
"Based upon information we've received from the NCIC, the Information Center, this individual has escaped from federal facilities also," said Sollie. "So he is wise to the construction and dismantling of a detention facility."
While trying to apprehend Herrington from the roof, Sollie had some harsh words for the inmate.
"I spoke with him while he was still on top of the roof today and I told him, 'I suggest you look at the sun because that's gonna be the last time you see it until your trial date," Sollie said.
The sheriff said he will ask that a charge of attempted escape be added to the counts already facing Herrington. If found guilty, he could face an additional five years behind bars.