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Bail bondsman, detention officer arrested after trying to help Arkansas inmate escape

Bail bondsman and detention officer behind bars after trying to help inmate escape (KATV PHOTO)

A bail bondsman and detention officer are behind bars after trying to help an inmate escape from the Faulkner County Detention Center.

According to the Faulkner County sheriff's office, 25-year-old Glenn Toney had been held at the jail since April on a variety of charges. He was being held on a $100,000 bond, as well as a charge with no bond.

Investigators believe 21-year-old Faulkner County Detention Officer Robert Ellis manipulated booking paperwork to remove Toney’s no-bond hold. After the hold was removed, Toney was bonded out of jail by 60-year-old bail bondsman Margaret Cockrell of Ben's Bail Bonds.

Ellis and Cockrell are facing several charges including first-degree permitting escape and conspiracy.

Ellis, Cockrell and Toney are all in jail. So far, a bond amount or court date has not been set.

Ellis was immediately fired from his job with Faulkner County.

According to Ben’s Bail Bonds, Margaret Cockrell has been fired from her position.

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