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Mom sentenced for helping son escape jail
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A mother who helped spring her son from jail will spend Mother’s Day behind bars for facilitating escape, while her son will have an extra year added to his sentence for his week-long run from the law.
The mother, Josie Lee Cooper, 40, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley and was ordered to serve 180 days of a four-year sentence for facilitating felony escape for her son, Marty J. Cooper, 19.
Her son had an extra year added to his sentence for the jail escape, meaning he is looking at upwards of 10 years in combined sentences as he faces finishing up serving an eight-year sentence for violating his probation and then another two-year sentence after entering a guilty plea before Judge Stanley to leading lawmen on a high-speed chase last year. The one year for escape will be served in addition to those two sentences.
Cooper escaped from Warren County Jail in October along with George “Hondo” Pease. They were able to escape by knocking out a block wall in their cell using a metal urinal pipe. They then scaled a razor-wire-topped fence in the exercise yard and disappeared into the night.
It was after their jail break that prosecutors say they received help, in Cooper’s case the help coming from his mother. Lawmen say Cooper’s mother helped get him to a Murfreesboro motel where she booked him a room and gave him a cellphone. It was that cellphone which helped investigators find Cooper at the motel where he was taken into custody one week after the jail escape.
His fellow escapee, Pease, with whom he parted ways soon after the escape, remained at large for three months until being caught in Alabama by bounty hunters.
In addition to her jail time, Ms. Cooper will be required to spend the remainder of her four-year sentence on supervised probation and perform 25 hours public service work. Her prior judicial diversion for delivery of counterfeit drugs has been terminated, meaning the charge will appear on her record.