$6 million cash bond set for fugitive accused in crime spree

$6 million cash bond set for fugitive accused in crime spree
Shane Vernon appears in an Elmore County courtroom Tuesday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Shane Vernon appears in an Elmore County courtroom Tuesday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

ELMORE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Shane Vernon made his first court appearance in Elmore County Tuesday morning.

Judge Glen Goggans set a $6 million cash bond for six felonies - three counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of first-degree kidnapping. It's the largest bond in recent memory in Elmore County. The judge said he would've revoked bond if the law would allow it.

At Tuesday's hearing, we learned Vernon is facing four additional charges - three counts of unlawful imprisonment and second degree theft. His bond was set at $35,000 total for those charges.

Vernon was arrested in Decatur, Georgia, following a two-day manhunt and then returned to Elmore County. Authorities believe he committed a long list of offenses in a crime spree that started after escaping the Coosa County Jail on Nov. 19.

Vernon also faces charges in other jurisdictions. In Georgia, he faces four local charges including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana - less than an ounce, open container and giving a false name.

In Coosa County, Sheriff Terry Wilson said there are six warrants signed for the escapee for the crime in Rockford, including second-degree escape, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree imprisonment and one count of first-degree theft of property.

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