GREGG COUNTY, Texas – An inmate has escaped the Gregg County Jail, the sheriff said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
The sheriff’s office is investigating an inmate escape from the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office South Jail facility. Inmate Jace Martin Laws, 34, of Gladewater carved out portions of the brick in the Gregg County South Jail, gaining access to the building infrastructure, and making his way to the exterior Gregg County Courthouse, the sheriff said.
Jace Laws is a white male who is approximately six feet tall, and weighs about 150 pounds. Laws has brown hair and brown eyes. Laws was being held in the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office Jail after being sentenced on two counts of Assault on a Police Officer in the 188th District Court, totaling 70 years in the TDCJ.
Gregg County Sheriff’s Office Investigators believe Jace Laws may be in the Marion County area around Lake of the Pines. investigators have learned Inmate Laws is possibly dressed in dark clothing and may have taken steps to alter his appearance by shaving his head.
If anyone has information as to the location of Inmate Laws, please call your local law enforcement immediately. Do not approach or apprehend him.
The sheriff also says that visitation at the Gregg County Jail facilities is canceled for Thursday night.
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of an
inmate at the Hunt County Detention Center is ongoing as of this date.
Gary Lynch III a 32 year old male from Lone Oak Texas is identified as the
Sheriff Randy Meeks
February 23, 2019
On February 23, 2019 at approximately 11:15 a.m. Detention Officers were notified of an inmate in distress within the Hunt County Detention Center.
Detention Officers immediately checked the condition of the inmate and determined that he was having a medical emergency. Detention Officers immediately notified American Medical Response and began life saving techniques.
The inmate was transported to Hunt Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased upon arrival. The next of kin of the deceased was notified. Justice of the Peace Wayne Money performed the inquest and ordered an autopsy.
The Texas Rangers are conducting an investigation into the inmate’s death.
Sheriff Meeks stated: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this very difficult time first and foremost. I am confident that the Texas Rangers will conduct a complete and thorough investigation into this case and they have our full cooperation”.
Sheriff Randy Meeks