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FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2006

Sheriff says escapee from Morgan caught with stolen vehicle

By Seth Burkett
DAILY Staff Writer 340-2355

An inmate whose girlfriend helped him escape from the Morgan County Jail was found Thursday in Jefferson County with a stolen car, Sheriff Greg Bartlett said.

Jefferson County sheriff's deputies found Jonathan Dewayne Fulmer parked in a church parking lot in a vehicle that had been reported stolen to Decatur police Friday, the day following his escape from jail, Bartlett said.

Under questioning, Fulmer gave deputies a false name. Upon further investigation, deputies learned Fulmer was wanted in Morgan County.

Fulmer, 21, of 119 Guyer Brown Private Drive S.W., remained in Jefferson County Jail on Thursday, facing charges of first-degree receiving stolen property and felony obstructing justice by using a false identity.

Prior to the jailbreak, Morgan County Jail held Fulmer without bond on a charge of first-degree burglary and probation violation on a first-degree robbery conviction. He also faces a charge of second-degree escape.

Authorities on May 5 arrested Fulmer's girlfriend, Amanda Brooke Haag, 20, of 63 Depreast Road, Hartselle, charging her with permitting escape. The jail released her the same day on $5,000 bond.

On May 4, correctional officers at the jail annex where Fulmer was housed heard breaking glass and then discovered Fulmer missing.

Chief Deputy Mike Corley said Haag met Fulmer with a vehicle and helped him flee.

Fulmer was jailed on the burglary charge in January after a Decatur police officer arrived and surprised him as he carried stolen property out of a garage on Neel School Road, police said.

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