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Second Sac jail escapee apprehended

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Shawn Patrick Freier (left) and Joseph Lee Sly

A man who escaped from the Sac County jail last week was apprehended Tuesday night in Walnut, according to Sheriff Ken McClure.

Shawn Patrick Freier, 25, of Lake View, had been at-large since Friday afternoon, when he and another inmate overpowered a jailer and escaped the jail in Sac City.

Freier was arrested by Polk County deputies in the loft of a garage.

The other inmate who escaped with him, Joseph Lee Sly, 35, of Rockwell City, was apprehended Saturday by an off-duty reserve police officer who saw him walking along a street in Sac City.

Both men face new charges of felony escape from custody, assault while participating in a felony and assault on persons in a certain occupation.

Their escape from the jail in Sac City happened about 4:25 p.m., when Sly was being escorted to a cell after taking a shower, McClure said. As a jailer was opening a door to the main cellblock, Freier grabbed her, and the men put her into the main cellblock and locked her inside.

Freier and Sly went down a stairwell where a custodian, who heard the jailer screaming, opened a locked door, out of which Sly escaped.

Freier went into the jail’s kitchen and jumped out of a first-floor window. Another inmate briefly escaped in a similar fashion in July.

Law-enforcement officers searched the area for hours, McClure said. They used a K-9 dog and a drone with thermal imaging but were unable to locate the men that day.

Freier was sentenced last month to up to five months in jail after he pleaded guilty to felony domestic abuse assault and criminal mischief and misdemeanor assault, according to court records. He was accused of punching a woman in the throat several times and choking her and damaging a vehicle.

He also received two five-year suspended prison sentences that could be imposed for further criminal offenses, such as escaping from a jail.

Sly is awaiting his sexual abuse trial in January, court records show. He faces four felony charges for abusing a child younger than 12 years old in 2017 and 2018. Two of the charges are punishable by up to 25 years in prison apiece.

Sly has been held in jail for nearly a year.

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