WILLIAMSON – Kurastin Brown, 22 from Williamson, was arrested Sunday Nov. 8 on felony charges for alleged jail escape.
A warrant was issued by Day Report Director, Kevin E. Wilson, and Norman Mines of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department for Brown’s arrest Friday, Nov. 5.
On Friday, Brown was given a drug test at the Mingo County Day Report Center.
After testing positive for cocaine on the drug test, Brown fled the Day Report Office and did not return to the residence of which she was lawfully confined.
According to a criminal complaint, Brown was in violation of West Virginia Code 61-5-10 which concerns persons in custody of institutions or officer.
Code 61-5-10 defines jail escape as, “anyone that escapes or attempts to escape by any means from the custody of a county sheriff, the director of the regional jail authority, an authorized representative of said persons, a law enforcement officer, probation officer, employee of the division of corrections, court bailiff or from any institution facility, or any alternative sentence confinement by which he or she is lawfully confined.”
Code 61-5-10 also explains the consequences of jail escape. The Code states that the consequences are different for those that have been confined on misdemeanor or felony charges. If confinement was a result of a misdemeanor, those convicted of jail escape could face up to one year in prison. If confinement was a result of a felony, those convicted of jail escape could face up to five years in prison.
Brown had recently been arrested on at least two occasions. One charge was for prostitution and another was a drug charge.
The names mentioned in this article were obtained by use of a criminal complaint. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)