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One-time escapee sentenced for riot
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A man who once escaped Warren County Jail has been sentenced to 30 days in the facility for trying to destroy it.
The inmate, Marty Joe Cooper, was directed by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and make $700 restitution to the Warren County Jail for damage he caused. His sentence will be served in addition to other time he owes the state on other charges.
His most recent jail term comes after he participated in a riot inside the facility. Prosecutors say Cooper and seven other inmates refused to quiet down as ordered. They were disobeying orders in protest of losing privileges.
During the incident, inmates were throwing garbage from their cells and damaging things in their cells. Cooper damaged a light fixture inside his cell.
A total of eight inmates were charged in connection with the riot. The cases against six remain pending.
Cooper has the distinction of being one of very few inmates to escape the new Warren County Jail since its construction a few years ago. Cooper was able to get clear of the grounds before he was discovered missing. He was captured a few days later hiding in a motel in Murfreesboro. Other people, including his mother, were eventually convicted for helping him get away.