Friday, September 10, 2010


Pineville, Missouri (SafeCITY) - Two 26-year-old McDonald County inmates, Eric Bishop and Justin Forcum, added new charges to their records when they were allegedly caught sneaking back into jail after breaking out of jail for a meth run.

According to the McDonald County Sheriffs Office, Bishop and Forcum escaped from jail by crawling through a ceiling panel and then knocking a hole through the metal siding of the facility.

Investigators say jail staff heard the noise and began to investigate when they found footprints on the roof and a hole in the metal siding.

Bishop and Forcum allegedly stole a truck in Pineville, bought some meth, set the truck on fire, and then returned to jail.

Jail officials say, Bishop and Forcum were present during the inmate count so it was difficult to determine just what had happened.

The escaped inmates' identities were confirmed when security video at a nearby school captured the men during their jail holiday.

Forcum was being held on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Bishop was being held on charges of theft, property damage and possession of burglary tools.

"Bishop would have been done with the charges in McDonald County yesterday,” Sheriff Evenson said. “He didn’t know that.”

Bishop and Forcum are now charged with property damage and escape which carries a mandatory 5 year sentence. Additional charges of theft and arson are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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