Jailer Fired After Escape Of Man Under $2 Million Bond

A jailer who was suspended with pay following an escape in Craven County has now been fired.

That word comes from Craven County officials. The jailer has not been named.

Jonathan Staton remains on the loose. He was locked up under a $2 million bond on drug charges when he escaped. Officials say he offered another inmate money to switch identity papers and was processed out of jail under that identity.

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There's a manhunt underway for a man who walked out of the Craven County jail Wednesday.

Authorities are looking for Jonathan Staton. He was one of three people arrested after a large cocaine seizure.

After the 28-year-old Staton made a court appearance Wednesday, the sheriff says Staton made a deal with another inmate for that inmate's release papers in return for money.

Sheriff Jerry Monette says Staton then was processed out of the jail under the other inmate's identity.

The sheriff says during a count, jailers determined the numbers were off and the search for Staton began.

Depuites say Ricky Bryant is charged with facilitating a jail escape, while the jailer is suspended with pay pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.

Staton, of Vanceboro, was charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine, possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine and marijuana, felony possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of marijuana.

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