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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man accused of two felonies pleaded not guilty in the Whitley County Circuit Court Monday morning.Charles Norris, 29, of Cromwell, was accused of attempted escape, a Class B Felony, and intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Class C Felony.
The Class B felony carries a sentence of six to 20 years in prison, with 10 years being the advisory sentence. The Class C felony carries a sentence of two to eight years, with four being the advisory sentence.
Both crimes also have a maximum fine of $10,000 each.
According to the case report, Norris attempted to escape from jail on Saturday, Dec. 8. He allegedly used a sharpened toothbrush and held it to the throat of a fellow inmate, demanding the jailer to give him the keys. Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department jailers were able to bring the situation under control.
Norris was already serving time for probation violation. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Jan. 14, 2013.