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Guilty defendant casually walks out of courtroom to freedom when nobody is looking

Tom Wood

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Guilty defendant casually walks out of courtroom to freedom when nobody is looking

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A man who had just been found guilty and sentenced to a lengthy spell in prison managed to simply walk out of the courtroom and break free whilst another verdict was being considered. Honestly, here he is just casually stepping out of the courtroom to freedom:

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The man in question is called Joey Watts, and by all accounts his criminal charges suggest that he’s not a very nice man.

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He was up in a court in Arkansas facing charges of aggravated assault and felony possession of a firearm, but whilst the jury were out of the court making their deliberations, Watts just walked straight out of the Grant County Courthouse in Sheridan.

Watts had already been found guilty of the assault charges that he was up against at the time of his escape, and the jury also found him guilty of the firearms charges afterwards.

However, as you can see in the video, nobody appears to have been keeping that close an eye on him, as he just sauntered out of the courthouse.

Watts just left at a leisurely pace. Credit: A&E/YouTube
Watts just left at a leisurely pace. Credit: A&E/YouTube
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He was eventually apprehended a day later and bundled off to jail, but it’s still not a great look for the law enforcement at the scene, is it?

Deputy Prosecutor Norman Frisby, who was in charge of trying the case, said that Watts simply stood up from next to his attorney and left.

Frisby also explained that Watts had been accused of threatening a woman with a shotgun in his home on November 29 2018.

This incident took place a year later in October 2019.

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In the camera footage, you can see Watts sitting right there in the courtroom, before standing up and f***ing off.

He headed straight for the stairs, went down the hallway and out of the building through the door.

Frisby went on to claim that Watts’ attorney had told him not to leave, but he just went right ahead and did it anyway.

In explanation for how this was allowed to happen, Grant County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Pete Roberts told NBC News: "He was out on bond and had not been convicted so this allowed him to move around.”

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The charges against Watts were serious. Credit: A&E/YouTube
The charges against Watts were serious. Credit: A&E/YouTube

Frisby added that there wasn’t a second bailiff around to stop him leaving.

At the time, Grant County only had one bailiff and was hiring for another.

The next day, he was captured and three others were arrested for helping him escape from the courthouse.

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In the end, the jury returned their verdict and Watts was sentenced to 36 years in prison, with 10 years coming for the assault and 26 years for possession of the firearm.

Hopefully he’ll find it more difficult to get up and walk straight out of the prison whilst no-one is paying attention.

Topics: News, US News, Weird, Crime

Tom Wood
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