Car thief and Greene County jail escapee receives 25 years in prison
A plea agreement with federal prosecutors places a Greene County jail escapee behind bars for 25 years.
A statement from the US Attorney’s Office said Joseph Dale Hale, 31, stole a car in Greeneville in July 2021 and fired shots at a pursuing officer before his capture and arrest later that day.
State investigators testified Hale received help in October from another inmate by obtaining a trustee’s uniform. Hale then used a ruse to be taken from his cell to a shower room, gained access at two security doors then fled the jail.
Hale was captured that day when he crashed a stolen vehicle.
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