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Inmate antics lead to injury
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An inmate who jumped from the jail’s second-floor balcony, injuring himself in the fall, has been ordered to undergo mental health treatment.
The inmate, Joshua Judkins, appeared in court in a wheelchair this week to enter guilty pleas to domestic assault charges. He was directed to serve 44 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke and was also ordered to undergo mental health treatment as part of his sentence.
Judkins was being held on the domestic assault charges when he jumped from the second floor of the cellblock to the floor below. His impact with the unyielding concrete sent him to the hospital. He appeared in a wheelchair to enter his plea, unable to walk, at least temporarily from injuries he sustained in the fall.
Sheriff Jackie Matheny said he is not permitted to release the specifics of Judkins’ injuries and says he is not sure what prompted the inmate to take a leap from the balcony of the cellblock, the fall estimated to be about 12 feet.
In addition to his time for domestic assault, Judkins will face hearing March 14 on charges of violating his probation.