UPDATE: Woman who tried to help inmate escape skips sentencing hearing

Mercer County
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December 2, 2019 4:30 p.m. UPDATE: PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — A bench warrant was issued for the woman who tried to help an inmate escape from Southern Regional Jail.

Selena Blankenship was scheduled for a sentencing hearing in front of Judge Wills Monday, December 2. Blankenship did not show up.

In August 2018, Blankenship came up with a plan to help William Skeens escape during his preliminary hearing. Skeens was an inmate in SRJ at the time. Both were arrested before they could get away.


PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — A woman is in jail for trying to help an inmate escape, according to Mercer County Deputies. 

Chief Deputy Joe Parks said deputies arrested Selena Blankenship on Thursday, August 16. Parks said Blankenship came up with a plan to help William Skeens, who is an inmate at Southern Regional Jail, escape. Parks said they got word that the plot was supposed to unfold during Skeens preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for Thursday morning, but deputies arrested Blankenship before the two could get away. 

Skeens and Blankenship were taken to Southern Regional Jail. Blankenship is charged with no insurance, aiding escape, possession of marijuana and driving suspended. Blankenship is being held on a $25,000 bond. 

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