Inmate Left Overnight Identified By Sebastian County Authorities

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The Sebastian County inmate mistakenly left overnight in a court building holding cell has been identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Shawna Spears.

The inmate was left in the holding cell in February when she should have been returned right away from court to the jail, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office.

A court bailiff found the inmate in the secure cell the next morning at the Sebastian County Courthouse. The Sheriff’s Office did not release the inmate’s name at the time, but identified Spears as the inmate Thursday.

Spears was in jail at the time on suspicion of felony drug charges and endangering the welfare of a minor, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The inmate was at the courts building for a hearing on Feb. 27. After her court appearance, she was placed in a cell at the courts building and spent the night there, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

The bailiff discovered her in the cell at 6:20 a.m. the next day, the release states.

After the inmate was brought back to the detention center, medical personnel examined her and found no medical issues, according to the release.

The Sheriff’s Office conducted an internal investigation, although the results of that investigation have not been released.

Spears was initially booked into the jail Feb. 20. She was released Feb. 28 on $10,000 bond, according to a Sebastian County Detention Center deputy.


  • Evangilism

    One inmate was left in a Crown Vic cruiser ideling behind the jail. The car eventually ran out of gas. The guy died of a heat stroke when they found him at shift change 8 hours later in the 115°F sun. The officer who forgot him was busy working on computer learning and new hire paper work. HWY faced no charges. Happened in Phoenix Arizona like 10 yrs ago.

  • Sarah 1

    Safety is job one, including safety of prisoners. A lawsuit could arise from such irresponsibile behavior.

    And these are the guys and ladies protecting us?

  • Charlie

    That holding cell is actually 100x better than the actual jail. The place is stinking, rotting, absolutely disgusting, molded, disease-ridden, dirty, unsanitary, (place your own colorful adjective here). Not to mention the lack of care for supplying basic needs, bedding, space, food, and corruption (contraband) as well as lack of proper security supervision and protection. Kinda makes you wonder where the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office is spending all their money because it’s certainly NOT on the jail. (Are you listening Bill Hollenbeck?)

    • stormy

      bobreal….. i agree with you with you why didnt the pod deputy tell the shift sgt. that one of her females was missing still, dont they log it in the book… hummm fire everyone

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