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Hall County deputies terminated after inmate escaped

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James Edward Cantrell James Edward Cantrell
Deputy Jack Dodd and Deputy Larry Henslee Deputy Jack Dodd and Deputy Larry Henslee

After an internal investigation, Hall County Deputy Larry Henslee and Deputy Jack Dodd were terminated, after an inmate escaped on July 16.

According to Sheriff Gerald Couch, the deputies assigned to the transport detail failed to notice James Edward Cantrell's escape.

Couch said the deputies did not have the inmates in an orderly fashion, nor were they positioned to properly monitor the inmates.

Cantrell slipped out of line and hid himself in the alcove of an exterior doorway, while they were loading other inmates onto the bus.

Henslee and Dodd failed to conduct a head count once the bus was loaded, according to Sheriff Couch.

During Cantrell's escape, he found a work truck with the keys and fled the area.

"Unfortunately human error allowed this escape to occur and not be discovered in a timely fashion. The bottom line is there was a failure to perform basic, frontline duties resulting in a very serious situation, and I will not tolerate it." said Sheriff Couch." We will be reviewing our policies and procedures, as well as conducting further training to ensure no further incidents occur."

Cantrell was arrested without incident on July 22 by the U.S. Marshal's task force at a motel.

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