Plea deal in works for man accused in failed jail break

By From page A4 | April 09, 2014

Michael J. Schabert

Michael J. Schabert

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County jail inmate who’s accused of trying to escape by dousing three sheriff’s deputies with flame retardant from a fire extinguisher was in court briefly Monday.

Michael J. Schabert, 24, may take a plea deal put forward by prosecutors, but that decision is on hold until Schabert’s next court appearance, scheduled May 5.

Schabert was being taken back to jail after a brief court appearance Feb. 10 when authorities say he made a brief and failed effort to flee. He has pleaded not guilty to seven felony charges that include escape, three counts of assaulting peace officers and three counts of injuring peace officers while resisting arrest.

The three deputies who captured Schabert in a brief struggle were all treated for minor injuries and all three returned to work the next day.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 07, 2014 - 9:47 pm

    I loved it when the klaxon went off in the courthouse interrupting the DA's closing argument. I went outside and laughed at them all. Good job, scumbag criminal---at least you were good for something. I owe you a beer for that one! thanks!

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  • MDSApril 09, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    You laughed because an alarm went off? You are easily entertained aren't you.

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  • Talk about a smoking fire extinguisherApril 08, 2014 - 9:42 pm

    OK, our district attorney's office can't prosecute a crime that occurred in front of 3 deputies and was recorded, in the words of judge Healy, "God help us".

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  • MDSApril 09, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    Where in the article does it say that? You do realize that probably in excess of 95% (maybe even 99%) of all criminal cases that end with a conviction do so in a plea bargain don't you? If it weren't for plea bargains then most everybody would go to trial and the courts would grind to a halt. They are already slow enough as it is. Go to any District Attorney in the State and ask them how many convictions they got last year, and how many jury or court trials they did. The different in those numbers will tell you how many cases ended in plea bargains. Of course there is always the occasional crook that goes in and just pleads guilty to what he's charged with without a bargain, but that is very rare.

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