December 29, 2000, Friday Copyright 2000 Charleston Newspapers The Charleston Gazette December 29, 2000, Friday
(POINT PLEASANT, W.Va.) -- Two prisoners escaped from the Mason County Jail early Thursday when a correction officer left a cell door unlocked while she played cards with some inmates, said Mason County Sheriff Troy "Shorty" Huffman.
Shawn Marcus Plumley, 27, and Donald Lee Drennen, 21, both of Mason County, left the jail and the courthouse between 6:10 and 6:15 a.m., according to a statement from the sheriff's department.
Plumley is 5 feet 7 inches, weighs about 155 pounds and has long blond hair. He was serving time for writing worthless checks, Huffman said.
Drennen is 5 feet 5 inches, about 165 pounds and has short, sandy brown hair. He was charged with breaking and entering, the sheriff said.
Both were misdemeanor charges, Huffman said. Once caught, they could be charged with felony escape and sent to the state prison.
Correction Officer Angela McCoy told investigators she stepped into a smaller room within the cell to play cards with some of the inmates.
"While she was in there, two boys slipped out," Huffman said.
The sheriff fired McCoy on Thursday morning.
"She violated her training," he said. "It's a rule. You don't go inside the cell with the inmates."
There were six or eight prisoners in the cell. None of the other inmates left, Huffman said.
The men who left have never been considered dangerous, he added.