Former Marshall County inmate wanted for damaging jail cell

MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - The Marshall County Sheriff's Office said a Madill man is wanted on charges of injuring a public building after he allegedly used the bunk bed in his jail cell to try to bust open the door

Sheriff Danny Cryer said 32-year-old James Caleb Johnson was serving time for drug-related offenses in late December and requested time off of his sentence to spend time with family for Christmas.

"Due to his attitude and his actions while he was incarcerated, I was not able to give him any extra time off of his sentence," Cryer said. "This made him very angry and enraged."

Surveillance video shows Johnson ramming his bed against the door several times.

Damage included gouges and dents on the door, chips in the concrete wall and the lock on the door being bent.

Cryer said the jail cost the citizens of Marshall County $5 million to build and he has zero tolerance for anyone who damages it.

"I begged the citizens of Marshall County to vote to build us a new jail," Cryer said. "When I asked the citizens to do that for me, I promised them I would do my very best to take care of it. I don’t want this jail to be damaged, torn up or abused in any way. I’m going to do my very bust to make sure that anyone who does tear it up is held accountable for it.”

The damage may look minor to some but Cryer said small scratches and chips can lead to bigger problems in the future, causing safety and security issues.

"One chip out of it seems very irrelevant right now but over the course of 20 years, if every inmate that goes in there takes another chip out of that wall, in several years, we won't have a wall," Cryer said.

Cryer said Johnson was released a few days after the incident, but he is now wanted for the damage he left behind.

“We hope to get him picked up and brought to justice very quickly," Cryer said.

Court records show Johnson could face up to 25 years in prison if found guilty.