LARGO — Pinellas deputies thwarted a jail escape attempt Monday by a man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week.
Jean Lafalaise, 28, pulled a fence open and left a recreation yard at the Pinellas County Jail around 9:30 a.m., according to the Sheriff's Office.
He was caught after a deputy saw him trying to scale a perimeter fence. He suffered cuts and scrapes from trying to scale the barbed-wire fence, sheriff's officials said.
Lafalaise was moved to the medical wing of the jail and placed on medical observation and suicide watch.
On May 25, Lafalaise was sentenced as a habitual offender to 30 years in prison for robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft, failure to appear and other charges.
Lafalaise, of Belle Glade, and two other men were charged with armed robbery in January 2007 after a Seminole jewelry store was robbed.
He was still at the jail until he could be transferred to a state prison.
The incident will be investigated by the detention investigation unit and reviewed by the sheriff's administrative investigative division, as agency policy dictates.