Man sentenced in 2017 multi-state crime spree

Man sentenced in 2017 multi-state crime spree
Shane Vernon pleaded guilty to charges related to escaping the Coosa County Jail and holding multiple people at gunpoint. (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A man who pleaded guilty to charges related to escaping the Coosa County Jail and holding multiple people at gunpoint has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

In February, Shane Vernon was indicted on two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of carjacking, three counts of using a gun in furtherance of a violent crime, and kidnapping. Vernon pleaded not guilty on all counts during an arraignment in March. Vernon accepted a plea deal dismissing all counts but three in June 2019.

The indictments stemmed from a crime spree that started after Vernon escaped the Coosa County Jail and ended with his arrest in Georgia in November 2017. Vernon held two different families at gunpoint and stole their guns, then he forced a man to drive him to Georgia. Dekalb, Ga. Police officers arrested him.

Vernon also received five years of probation as part of his sentence. He is currently serving a 15 year sentence for related state counts out of Coosa County. The sentence handed down Thursday will be served consecutive to the current state sentence; after it’s completed Vernon will be transferred to the Bureau of Federal Prisons.

Elmore County turned over the investigation to the federal government. Vernon’s state charges in the 19th Judicial Circuit are no longer pending.

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