Sherman Edmonds: Warren County prisoner fails to return after furlough to attend mother's funeral

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio -- Law enforcement officials are looking for a man they say didn't return to the Warren County Jail after being granted permission to attend his mother's funeral.

While awaiting trial at the jail, Edmonds was granted permission to pay his respects to his mother. But he failed to return to the jail by the scheduled time of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.

"Yesterday, being granted leave for a funeral of a family member, he decided not to return back to the Warren County Jail," Fornshell said about the 53-year-old.

The county prosecutor told 9 On Your Side says the move won't endear Edmonds to Judge Donald Oda who granted a six-and-a-half-hour furlough to attend his mother's services.

"Obviously, the judge is taking a risk in letting that particular person out," Fornshell said.

Edmonds was arrested in September and charged with stealing electronics from a Middletown Walmart. In addition to the fifth-degree felony charge, Edmonds will now face an additional escape charge.

"He's doubled his maximum possible sentence that he's going to look at, from one year to two years," said Fornshell.

The Warren County prosecutor said he's struggling to understand what Edmonds was thinking.

"I don't feel as much anger as I do just wondering why somebody would be so stupid," he said.

Edmonds is described as a black male who stands 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 205 pounds, with graying black hair and a goatee. His picture can be seen in the media player above.

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