Stanley Man Enters Alford Plea in Prison Escape Case
14 July 2017 News
An inmate at Page County Jail entered an Alford plea of guilt on July 12, 2017 as he was facing charges stemming from leaving his work release job assignment. Zachary Aaron Sours, 34, was on site at his work assignment September 14, 2016 when authorities say he disappeared. After noticing he was gone, authorities were called to investigate. They found Sours shirt from his jail uniform. The incident did not appear to involve foul play as Sours had made comments to inmates about wondering what would happen if he just left the facility. Additionally, he persistently tried to use a cell phone at the facility.
Three days later Sours was found in the 700 block of Wissler Road. He appeared to have scratches on his body and was wearing little clothing. He was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and doctors concluded the injuries were self inflicted.
Sours was charged with escaping without violence and being a felony offender. In entering an Alford plea of guilt, he maintained his innocence while pleading guilty. This is usually done because a defendant realizes there is enough evidence to convict them but want to uphold their innocence.
As part of his plea agreement, Sours was sentenced to two years in prison with one and a half years suspended. He was additionally ordered to serve one year of supervised probation upon his release. Sours is currently in custody for a drug distribution charge from Page County. He was sentenced to two years and ten months in the case. He started serving that sentence in August of 2016.