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Prosecutor: Jail inmate used city worker's phone to set up escape plan


What do fast food, garbage, and a Muscogee County jail inmate have in common?  They're all key factors in the prosecution of inmate Michael Crooks.

NewsLeader 9 was the only crew inside the courtroom.

Crooks pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to asking his girlfriend Ashley Brummett to help him escape from jail.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Cooley stated Crooks, who worked on trash detail for the jail, called Brummett using a city worker named Edward Waldrop's phone.

Crooks admitted to asking Brummett to meet him on Hunter Rd in Columbus on October 4th, 2012.

Cooley said Crooks instructed his girlfriend to bring fast food and several other items to aid in the escape.

According to testimony, a concerned citizen called police when they noticed Crooks get into Brummett's car. The couple became intimate, said Cooley.

Policecaught the pair with fast food, a loaded handgun, bolt cutters, money andclothing in the car.

Brummett's father testified the gun belonged to him. He stated, he mistakenly left the gun in Brummett's car in the days leading up to the escape.

Crook's was sentenced to two years concurrent with time he's serving on other unrelated drug charges.         

Brummett pleaded guilty to one count aiding an escape.  She was sentenced to one year probation. Judge William C. Rumer granted Brummett who has no criminal history, first offender status.

An additional condition of their plea deals is both must testify in any subsequent trial that may steam from this case.

City worker Waldrop did not appear in court.   

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