Man escapes from Clinch County Jail again

| June 21, 2016

michael chance copeland

CLINCH CO. – A man who escaped from Clinch County Jail custody has been on the run for a week, and it appears officials have not notified the public.

An arrest warrant charging Michael Chance Copeland, 31, with escape was issued on June 15, according to the Clinch County Magistrate Court. It is unclear if Copeland escaped that Wednesday or escaped earlier.

Valdosta Today and WCTV contacted the Clinch County Sheriff’s Office multiple times in an attempt to gather information about the incident but was told the person responsible for providing information was not available and was directed to “try again tomorrow” by a receptionist.

No details have been released concerning the manner of Copeland’s escape, where he might be headed or if he poses a threat to the community.

Copeland has escaped from Clinch County before.

In 2009, Copeland was convicted of escape and sentenced in Clinch County to one year, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Copeland has a lengthy history of convictions, including two counts of entering vehicle and two counts of theft by taking in Clinch County in 2009, three counts of entering vehicle in Lowndes County in 2006 and theft of a motor vehicle or parts and theft by receiving stolen property in Lowndes County before 2006.

Most recently, Copeland was released from the Wheeler Correctional Facility in Alamo, Ga. in July 2014.

Valdosta Today will continue to reach out to Clinch County officials to gather information about this incident.



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2 Comments on "Man escapes from Clinch County Jail again"

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  1. Colonel Blab says:

    My cousin in Homerville thinks you are hilarious. Everybody in town knew about it within an hour and a half ’cause hot news in a small town travels fast. If someone in your family passes, you don’t have to do a thing but sit down in the living room and wait. You’ll have deviled eggs and hot fried chicken delivered before the dearly departed becomes cold.

    And besides, if you need more information you just travel over to so and so’s house and honk your horn out in the yard. They’ll mosey on out and give you the whole story with hand motions and everything.

    IF you are going to try and cover our wonderful little towns, you need to travel there occasionally and have a cocola and peanuts with a local. Once they see you in person, you’ll get called when stuff goes down.

  2. Lands Hart says:

    On the day he iescaped he stole a truck from Bob Johnson. His 2015 Ford F2 50 has not been recovered nor have they heard anything from the sheriffs office