By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter
CHEHALIS – The Green Hill student-inmate who escaped the facility for a week earlier this month was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.
Dominic Adams, 19, was finishing off a juvenile sentence and scheduled to be transferred next March to adult prison for nearly nine years for an assault. Police said that on the night of May 3, he ran off from a maintenance detail and apparently slipped through a hole someone cut in the fence. He was picked up by police at a mall in Kelso seven days later.
Adams is charged with first-degree escape.
The teenager has a prior conviction for the same offense, as well as three second-degree assaults and a first-degree robbery, Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh told the judge this afternoon.
She didn’t differentiate which were juvenile crimes and which were adult crimes, but today’s appearance was in adult court.
Beigh asked that his bail be set at $50,000.
Judge James Lawler said he preferred to leave it at the $250,000 set in his arrest warrant.
Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke who represented Adams today told Lawler he is not working and qualified for a court appointed lawyer.
The judge appointed Centralia attorney Don Blair. Adams’ arraignment was set for next Thursday.
He was jailed in Cowlitz County after he was captured, and booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday. Adams was sent to Green Hill from Benton County at age 15.
First-degree escape has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Green Hill School in Chehalis is a secure facility for juvenile boys incarcerated for felonies and operated by the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, under the state Department of Social and Health Services.
For background, read “Teen escapee from Green Hill found at mall in Cowlitz County” from “Monday May 11, 2015, here