Former corrections officer pleads guilty to aiding in prisoner escape
NAPOLEONVILLE - A former Avoyelles Parish corrections officer has pleaded guilty to charges accusing her of aiding in the escape of a prisoner and malfeasance in office.
48-year-old Michelle George, of Moreauville, was sentenced to three years behind bars for her role in the escape and another three for the malfeasance charge.
On the evening of March 26, George picked up three prisoners at the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office in order to transfer them to the parish prison. The release says that instead of taking the prisoners to the jail, George drove the transport van to an area known to be frequented by drug dealers in order to purchase illegal substances.
The corrections officer then unlocked the shackles of one of the inmates, Felicia Daigle, and allowed her to leave the van to walk down the street to go purchase drugs. The release says George panicked when Daigle didn't return, and she even unshackled another inmate to allow her to aid in the search for the missing inmate.
When their search failed to produce results, George told the remaining inmates to tell authorities that the Daigle had escaped and demanded they keep their stories straight. Daigle was later taken back into custody at her former residence without incident.
Back at the Avoyelles Parish Corrections Center, George told her supervisors that she had pulled the transport van off of Hwy 70 to get gas when the prisoners forced open a door, allowing Daigle to escape. However, the remaining inmates informed her Department of Corrections supervisors of what really happened to allow Daigle the chance to escape, and George was taken into custody on April 1 for her part in the incident.