Plea entered, sentencing set in Midland County jail van escape

A Mount Pleasant man who was charged in connection with a brief escape from a jail transport van in Midland County had entered a guilty plea in the case.

The July 14 plea also resolved two additional cases filed against Thomas Eugene Maier, 35, before the escape occurred in May.

Maier pleaded guilty to charges of escape from felony sentence and failing to register as a sex offender, in return for the dismissal of escape while awaiting trial and felonious assault. Midland County Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Beale accepted the plea.

Maier was represented by attorney Dan Duke of Midland, who was appointed to the case.

The escape charges were filed by Midland County prosecutors in connection with an escape from a jail transport van that occurred at noon on May 6. The inmate bypassed a locking mechanism and escaped out the back of the van when it came to a stop at the intersection of Bay City Road and U.S. 10. Maier was taken into custody 15 minutes later by Midland police with the help of a good Samaritan, the Midland County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The inmate was being brought back to Midland County from Isabella County for hearings on cases of felonious assault and failing to register as a sex offender. Both offenses occurred in September.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 21.


Posted by Tribune News Services

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