SHELTON - Based on further research, it appears that the Mason County jail inmate who escaped on foot Tuesday morning, has a violent past.
Initially, iFIBER ONE News reported that 38-year-old Donald Hartwell Jr.’s recent criminal rap sheet revealed a litany of theft crimes, but the escapee’s criminal past is darker than that.
Further information imparted to iFIBER ONE News via Mason County Superior Court shows that Hartwell was convicted of 1st degree assault in 1999. Documents reveal that when Hartwell was 18, he had stabbed Kelly Moran in the back with a knife.
Hartwell Jr. was sentenced to two years in prison for the incident.
As of Wednesday morning, Hartwell is still at-large. Mason County Sheriff's officials used the word 'unknown' when asked if Hartwell Jr. was a threat to the public.