Crime

Feds in Madison County capture inmates who escaped Tennessee jail

Jason M. Clapper, 32, a former metro-east resident with a lengthy criminal record, was arrested at a family member’s home in Godfrey Wednesday by U.S. Marshals. Clapper and another man, Joseph Isbell, 30, of Tennessee, had been wanted since Nov. 11 when they broke out of the Gibson County Correctional Complex in Trenton, Tenn.
Jason M. Clapper, 32, a former metro-east resident with a lengthy criminal record, was arrested at a family member’s home in Godfrey Wednesday by U.S. Marshals. Clapper and another man, Joseph Isbell, 30, of Tennessee, had been wanted since Nov. 11 when they broke out of the Gibson County Correctional Complex in Trenton, Tenn. Provided photo

Two men with lengthy criminal histories, including one with ties to the metro-east, were captured by U.S. Marshals in Godfrey on Wednesday morning, a week after police say they escaped a Tennessee jail.

According to a statement from the U.S. Marshals, Jason Clapper and Joseph Isbell broke through a fence surrounding the Gibson County Correctional Complex recreation yard in Trenton, Tenn., on Nov. 11.

The Marshals said the fugitives may have completed their escape attempt by stealing a car somewhere in Tennessee and heading north. One of the fugitives has family in Godfrey, the Marshals said.

Clapper and Isbell were arrested without incident in a Godfrey home Wednesday morning. They were transported to a local jail and are awaiting extradition back to Tennessee. Both were in the Tennessee jail on probation violations prior to their escape.

One of the men who escaped the Gibson County Correctional Complex in Trenton, Tenn., Nov. 11 was Jason M. Clapper, who has a criminal history in the metro-east.

Local court records indicate Clapper, 32, has a criminal history in the metro-east. Convictions in Madison County include aggravated battery with a weapon in 2007, theft over $300 in 2008 and failure to register as a sex offender in 2011. He also was convicted on a similar failure to register charge in St. Clair County in 2011.

Isbell does not have local ties.

Gibson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Danny Lewis said Wednesday that Clapper and Isbelle “were able to break (the fence) loose from the bottom wire.” He said there were eight other inmates in the recreation yard at the time and that some may have assisted in the escape.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

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