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2 Hamilton County Justice Center inmates indicted after attempted escape

James Kirby (left), Tristian Herron (right), photos provided by Hamilton County Sheriff's Department James Kirby (left), Tristian Herron (right), photos provided by Hamilton County Sheriff's Department
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted two Hamilton County Justice Center inmates accused of planning an "elaborate scheme" to escape from the Justice Center, according to Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil.

James Kirby and Tristian Herron were indicted for escape in violation of 2921.34 of the Ohio Revised Code. Both were being housed in the Justice Center facing aggravated murder and other charges. 

During routine shakedowns by corrections officers it was discovered Kirby and Herron had left their cell and attempted to escape, police said.

Jail personnel began a lengthy investigation, which uncovered an elaborate scheme by them to navigate out of the Justice Center, according to Neil.

“These are two extremely dangerous individuals with extensive criminal backgrounds who have been in our facility multiple times. I want to commend the deputies who did an outstanding job discovering their plot and ensuring they stayed behind bars where they belong,” said Sheriff Neil, in a release.

Deputy Alexander Kramer and Deputy Chady Chahine were recognized by Sheriff Neil with “Challenge Coins” for preventing their attempted escapes.

Herron is serving 10 years at the Ohio Department of Corrections after recently pleading to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery.

Kirby remains in custody in the Justice Center on a $1,200,000 bond. He's scheduled for jury trial on March 21 for his aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and other charges.

The incident remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's jail Investigators.

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