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9 indicted in escape from western Md. jail

OAKLAND — The Garrett County state’s attorney says a grand jury has indicted nine people on charges of conspiring in the January escape of a District of Columbia man from the county jail in Oakland.

Lisa Thayer Welch said Monday the defendants include 29-year-old escapee Deandre Kelly, who remains at large, and eight alleged co-conspirators, mostly from Maryland and Virginia.

State police arrested Kelly on drug, weapon and traffic charges on Jan. 22 after a traffic stop on Interstate 68 near Friendsville. He was also wanted by federal authorities in connection with drug charges in Washington.

Police say Kelly escaped from the jail a day later. He allegedly assaulted two correctional officers after showing them what appeared to be handgun and forcing them to open a holding cell.