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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  • by Real Estate Investor Location: New Bern, North Carolina on Jul 26, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    To whom it may concern: This town needs help, I am embarassed to reside here. First this, then Skip Waters, I will be putting my property for sale on Monday. Do u really think people want to move here? Roy Smith
  • by John Location: New Bern, NC on Jul 26, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    Please do look at the story, He did not escape from jail, He WALKED OUT of jail....
  • by Dan Location: New Bern on Jul 26, 2009 at 10:58 AM
    This city is pathetic, first we let a criminal walk out of jail, then Skip Waters has sex with a 16 year old, sick sick sick!!
  • by Wanda Location: kenansville on Jul 24, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    How much was the inmate offered? Come on, do tell.
  • by TJ Location: Gville on Jul 23, 2009 at 05:04 PM
    He did not escape they let him walk out!!! LOL
  • by 'Backer patch worm on Jul 23, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    Prison Czar
  • by sarah Location: goldsboro on Jul 23, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    I HAVE NO FAITH IN OUR SOCIETY OR GOVERMENT ANYMORE. IT IS HORRIBLE AND SO OUR OF CONTROL.. THE ONLY THING THAT WILL CHANGE ANY OF IT .. IS THE TRUMPET THAT BLOWS TO SIGNAL THE 2ND COMING OF CHRIST. HE IS OUR ONLY WAY OUT OF HERE... HE IS THE TRUTH AND THE WAY, THE SAD PART IS THERE WILL BE SO FEW PEOPLE THAT WILL RETURN WITH HIM. WILL YOU...HONESTLY?
  • by g-man Location: greenvile on Jul 14, 2009 at 07:53 AM
    this would be a good movie,love beteew two inmates,you will cry when his lover give him his papers and let him go,you will langh when he gets a way.
  • by marie Location: NB on Jul 12, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    Jeremy: I happen to agree w/most of what you're saying... and nepotism does have a tendancy to run rampant in many jails... However, as far as the defendant is concerned, IF he makes it "South of the Border," then I can only hope that the person(s) who are/were his connections down there will, as they say, "take care of business," since he has no stash or cash! It would certainly save the court and taxpayers time and $$$.
  • by Jeremy Location: M. on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    You know what's funny, it seems that none of you know what your talking about. Unfortunately, there are corrupt service workers. Your saying the sheriff has not been doing his "elected job". Well then how do you think that he's been elected over and over since 1994? (go figure, someone thinks he is). These folks won't get a slap on the wrist, it takes time for internal investigations, do you know why? Because people lie, good or bad, it's a reality. Also, most of you that say negative things dont even leave your name. Your basing an opinion without knowledge of what's going on. Mistakes do happen and could happen to anyone. I bet if this guy was still on the streets with all of the guns and drugs they seized, you'd be happier? Sounds like it to me. He's already been charged, and he will be found. Criminals dont just stay off the radar. Eventually the get busted again. Unfortuantely there is corrupt people in the world, big shocker. You folks act like you just found this out?
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