A Yakima County jail inmate who went on the lam for two weeks after being granted a 24-hour compassionate furlough has been sentenced, but police have not sought charges for a carjacking they once blamed on him.
Jacob Lucey and the large “666” tattoo on his neck made headlines in November when he was granted the furlough to visit his ailing mother, but never returned to jail. Yakima police fumed they only learned he was a fugitive after Lucey, who was awaiting sentencing for a string of car thefts last summer, was linked to an armed carjacking.
They warned that Lucey, 29, should be considered armed and dangerous, noting he had been in almost constant trouble since being paroled from prison last January after serving 8½ years of a 10-year sentence for a 2002 shooting that critically injured a Union Gap woman.
After an intense three-day manhunt, during which police scoffed at court reports that Lucey’s mother was terminally ill, he was captured and returned to jail.
Now he’s in prison, having been sentenced Dec. 20 to 57 months in prison, or just under five years, according to court records.
Most of that was an original sentence of 43 months as agreed to as part of a plea bargain for car thefts this summer before his furlough request, Deputy Prosecutor Susie Silverthorn said Monday. But an additional 14 months for violating the terms of his furlough was tacked on in the form of a bail jumping charge, Silverthorn said.
As for the carjacking, Silverthorn said detectives have never referred a case for prosecution and have never contacted her about it. Her boss, Prosecutor Jim Hagarty, said the same thing.
“The alleged carjacking, we never received anything on that,” he said.
Lt. Mike Merryman, a spokesman for the Yakima Police Department, said Lucey at least at one point was “definitely” under investigation for a carjacking complaint while he was on the lam.
In that incident, a man on Nov. 11 said his vehicle and cash were stolen at a home near the corner of Fourth Avenue and I Street. It was how police learned Lucey was technically a fugitive in the first place.
Acknowledging that no case has been referred to prosecutors, Merryman said he was unable to say why, as both detectives working the case were off work Monday.
“Where it’s at from here I don’t know,” he said.
Court officials said furlough requests are not uncommon and are occasionally granted by the courts without incident, especially in cases of medical treatment that saves taxpayer money.
They said the Lucey case points to the need for reinstatement of a pre-trial unit, disbanded in 2010, that can scrutinize requests for bail and release pending trial.
The bail-jumping charge means Lucey will be held in a maximum security facility throughout his current sentence, Silverthorn said.