Joshua Garcia
Joshua Garcia
A Madison County Detention Center prisoner pleaded guilty to attempted escape last week. 

The prisoner is currently charged with three murders in Jackson and was sentenced in accordance with his long rap sheet as a habitual offender.

Madison County District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr., said that Joshua Michael Garcia, 40, pleaded guilty mid-trial, to attempted escape as a violent habitual offender. 

He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of early release or parole on August 5.

“Joshua Garcia is a very dangerous person. He is accused of killing three innocent people in Jackson, evaded law enforcement after the murders, attempted to escape in Ft. Leavenworth, and then tried to escape from the Madison County Detention Center,” Bramlet said.

“Thankfully our detention officers are well-trained and were able to stop him from escaping. He will now spend the rest of his life in prison.”

Garcia is also currently charged with the homicide of three employees of a Jackson pawnshop that occurred in December 2016. 

He fled the Jackson area after the murders and was located by US Marshals in Kansas and placed in the Leavenworth Correctional Facility. While there, guards found a handcuff key located in Garcia’s rectum.  

He was then returned to the Jackson Metro area where he was housed as a federal inmate at the Madison County Detention Center.  

Officials said that on July 1, 2017, a detention officer at the Madison County Detention Center observed Garcia attempting to climb through the razor wire at the top of the recreation yard inside the jail. Garcia was reportedly unable to get through the wire and quickly taken back into custody by officers.  

Garcia had torn the sheets from his bed and tied his jail-issued flip flops to his feet. He had also padded his socks with strips of his jumpsuit and placed them on his hands in his attempt to get through the razor wire.  

He was indicted by a Madison County grand jury for attempted escape as a violent habitual offender. 

He still has to face the three murder charges through the U.S. Attorney’s Office where there is a possibility he will face the death penalty.