convicted child molester along with an inmate facing charges
of Rape, Criminal Deviate Conduct, Criminal Confinement and
Battery with a Deadly Weapon escaped from the Ripley County
Jail in the morning hours of Sunday, September 4.
Stanley Short, 42, of Sunman, is described as 57",
145 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes and was still on the loose
at press time (4 p.m. Monday, September 5). Short has been charged
with several serious violent felonies described above and is
considered dangerous, according to information from Ripley County
Sheriff Tom Grills.
According to Ripley Publishing files, Short was initially wanted
for a serious violent felony that occurred on May 25 in the
Sunman area. He remained on the loose until the early morning
hours of June 1 when deputies from the sheriffs office
responded to a tip and took Short into custody without incident.
He was incarcerated in the Ripley County Jail where he was waiting
for trial when he escaped. At Shorts initial hearing,
Circuit Court Judge Carl Taul set his bail at $150,000, saying
he was a danger to society. This means he would need $15,050
cash to get out of jail.
Also escaping was Robert Huskey, 63, formerly of Osgood, who
was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Thursday of last week,
Huskey was found guilty by a jury of Attempted Sexual Misconduct
with a Minor, a Class B felony, and Sexual Misconduct With a
Minor, Class C felony. These convictions violated Huskeys
probation in another case that dated back to 1995, where he
was serving a 20-year probation sentence.
After he was found guilty of the recent charges on July 13,
Special Judge John Westhafer sentenced Huskey to 20 years in
prison for violating his parole. Then on September 1 Circuit
Court Judge Carl Taul added 15 years to the sentence for Attempted
Sexual Misconduct With a Minor for a total of 35 consecutive
years in prison.
Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel had concerns about the jail
break and told the Osgood Journal he wasnt sure why Huskey
hadnt been transported as of Sunday. His sentencing was
on Thursday of last week. He also noted that given the defendants
criminal history he (Hertel) considered Huskey to be a definite
threat to the public while he was escaped, saying he had basically
little to lose.
Short faces up to 50 years in prison according to Hertel if
he is convicted on the felony charges. He said he is also to
be considered dangerous.
Huskeys freedom was short lived as he was taken into custody
around midnight Sunday, September 4 - the same day he escaped.
He was found at the Marathon Station in Versailles. According
to Sheriff Grills a citizens tip had police quickly taking
Huskey into custody without any problems.
Sheriff Grills told the Osgood Journal that the pair
escaped through the fencing at the recreation area at the jail.
He noted that there is an interior fence they were able to pry
apart and then they could scale the outside fence in the only
area that doesnt have razor wire on it. They then jumped
onto a canopy and were off and running. The sheriff has contacted
the commissioners to get the fences repaired and fixed properly.
Its been that way for eight years and no one noticed,
he said. He said luck was on the criminals side this time
as the rain kept police from using K-9 searches and the helicopters
from flying. From our perspective everything that could
go wrong, did, he noted.
The two apparently separated after escaping with Short still
being on the run. If you recognize his photo or know of his
whereabouts, you are urged to contact police by calling 911,
or the sheriffs office at 812-689-5558 or dispatch at
The two could now face additional charges of Escape, which carries
a two to eight year sentence.