Chillicothe Man Indicted for April Jail Escape

A Chillicothe man has been indicted by the Ross County Grand Jury on a felony count of escape.

James E. Umphries II, 39, of Chillicothe, has been indicted on a single fifth-degree felony charge of escape after his fled from his Ross County Jail work detail on April 2nd, 2021.

Mr. Umphries had been serving a jail sentence on misdemeanor theft charges. He remained missing for more than a week, but was located on April 13th at a residence on Stone Road and was placed back into custody. Mr. Umphries now faces a potential sentence of up to 12 months incarceration, and a fine of $2,500 if convicted.

In total, the Ross County Grand Jury was presented with nine cases during its Friday, May 7th session. All nine cases were returned as true billed, but only two were open to the public.

The other open case from Friday, involves a misdemeanor case of domestic assault.

Danny J. Colter Jr., 33, of Frankfort, has been indicted on a single first-degree misdemeanor charge of assault.

The incident took place on October 16th, 2020 when the Ross County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman alleging Mr. Colter had assaulted her.

If convicted, Mr. Colter faces a maximum six months in jail, with a fine of up to $1,000.

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