Local man has time added to state sentence

A Sheffield man already serving a lengthy state prison term was sentenced to over three-and-a-half years in state prison on charges that stem from an escape attempt at the Warren County Jail.

Casey Charles McClain, 28, currently incarcerated at SCI Forest, was sentenced by Judge Gregory Hammond via video conference on Tuesday.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, City of Warren police were dispatched to the jail on June 23 on a report of an attempted escape on June 20.

An internal investigation found that sometime on June 20, three men – McClain, Joshua Wightman and Joshua Morgan – “disassembled a flushing unit in the 3 Dorm bathroom and used items to make a hole large enough to crawl through.”

Jail staff told police that McClain “was attempting to find a way to escape” while Wightman and Morgan were “involved with climbing through the wall… Numerous items of contraband were found during the cell extraction and search of the entire housing unit.”

There were several items taken from inside the walls which could be used as weapons and implements of escape such as a long metal pick type tool, a heavy metal bracket and a long silver metal or tin bracket and a trouble light with a long cord.”

Police said in the affidavit that they “learned that defendant McClain entered the wall opening at least twice but was unable to find an escape route due to him being transferred to a state correctional facility on Wednesday, June 21.”

After McClain waived his right to be present in person, his attorney, Elizabeth Feronti, said that McClain accepted responsibility at the first opportunity Feronti recommended that he could.

She said that McClain acknowledges his significant prior record, asked the court for some of the sentence to be served concurrently.

McClain, she said, “realizes he is going to be in prison for a long time.”

Assistant District Attorney Richard Hernan called McClain’s offenses “very serious” and spoke of the threat his conduct presented to jail staff and the community.

Hammond asked if McClain wished to address the court and McClain said “just that I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

Hammond then sentenced McClain to 33 to 66 months in state prison on a count of criminal conspiracy (escape). He was ordered to pay $1,625 in fines and fees, submit a DNA sample and make restitution to the Warren County Commissioners in the amount of $6,460.08.

McClain is not bootcamp or recidivism risk reduction incentive eligible.

Hammond said McClain is to be jointly and severally liable for the restitution amount with both Wightman and Morgan.

On a count of institutional vandalism, McClain was sentenced to six to 12 consecutive months in state prison and a $500 fine.

Hammond ordered Tuesday’s sentence consecutive to to a prior sentence – a minimum of seven years – which was issued last April stemming from two burglaries of an occupied residence on consecutive nights.