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Friday, October 28, 2005

Weststate sheriff guilty of aiding flight of inmate pregnant by jailer

The Tennessean, TN

SELMER, Tenn. — A jury convicted McNairy County Sheriff Tommy Riley on felony charges that he facilitated the escape of an inmate who was pregnant with a jailer's child.

Riley could serve three to six years for the charge.

The inmate, Sheila Kirk, was serving two consecutive two-year terms for forgery when she was released with 35 days left in her first term.

Jailer Johnny Carter pleaded guilty in March to having sex with Kirk while in prison and bringing her drugs.

Kirk testified that Riley released her for a three-day furlough to have an abortion, but documents show that Riley released her from her second term, as well.


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