Suspect in failed February jailbreak takes plea deal

By From page B6 | June 04, 2014

Michael J. Schabert

Michael J. Schabert

FAIRFIELD — Prosecutors gave a drug addict who attacked three sheriff’s deputies during a failed jail escape a plea deal punishment of being placed on probation – again.

Michael J. Schabert, identified in court records as Joseph M. Schabert, pleaded no contest Monday to a felony charge of escape using force and to a misdemeanor assault charge.

In exchange for his pleas, the District Attorney’s Office dropped six felony charges which could have landed Schabert, 24, a prison sentence of 10 years or more. In addition to being placed on probation again, Schabert was ordered to enroll in a drug treatment program and he was given a four-year suspended sentence.

Schabert was on his way back to his jail cell after a Feb. 10 court appearance when he ran from jail staff in an underground tunnel that runs between the county jail and the adjacent courthouse.

A trio of sheriff’s deputies chased Schabert, who ended up in a small room at the courthouse with a locked exit door leading to a parking lot. When the deputies confronted Schabert, he grabbed a dry chemical fire extinguisher and emptied it into their faces. The dry powder triggered smoke detectors. That prompted an evacuation of the building, which had already been surrounded by Fairfield police and other deputies who had learned about the escape effort.

Although partially blinded, the deputies apprehended Schabert and took him into the parking lot before he was taken to a hospital and treated for exposure to fire extinguisher chemicals.

All three deputies were also taken to the hospital ,where they were treated and released. All three deputies returned to work the next day.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

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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  • probation?June 02, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    This man attacked 3 uniformed, on duty deputies and gets probation, what chance do we have when he attacks a regular citizen? This is very sad, we need a prosecutor that is not afraid to prosecute criminals.

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  • boomJune 03, 2014 - 12:22 am

    Only reaffirms how blind the eye of justice really is.

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  • ConfusedJune 03, 2014 - 12:39 am

    Just like the teacher a few weeks ago. Had a gun and drugs in his car during school on school property. Hmmm if I remember right he got probation too. Seems like the DA office is taking the easy way out.

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  • 2realJune 03, 2014 - 5:54 am

    Thanks dubain

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  • JazzAzzJune 03, 2014 - 6:44 am

    UnFreakinBelievable>>Remember folks this is election day. And if you have already voted, I sure hope you voted AGAINST our current D.A. with that office's turnstile policies!! I did.

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  • CD BrooksJune 03, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Wow and here I sit every day speaking to silly 'ole traffic violations and lack of resources. For what, really?

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  • JBJune 03, 2014 - 6:59 am

    What a lame excuse for a judicial system. Looking at least 10 years and he gets no time at all. People who drive without a license get stiffer sentences. Goes to show you what the top officials think of those who protect us. What a slap in the face.

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  • JazzAzzJune 03, 2014 - 7:03 am

    Remember folks, we have the vote. All of you know what to do!!!!

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  • KasandraJune 03, 2014 - 7:09 am

    You're making this guy out to be a complete monster in which he's not. You need to make sure you have all the facts of the story and not just what sounds good for the newspaper before printing something like this. You haven't even gotten his damn name right for any of your other articles which shows how much you've actually listened throught his ordeal. Maybe you should interview the guards who deal with him on a daily basis and ask them how much of a moster he is? Or maybe even speak to him? This is someone's son...someones brother... and someone's father. They have to deal with the aftermath of your twisted bias story so please be a little more accurate when addressing things like this.

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  • JazzAzzJune 03, 2014 - 7:21 am

    Hitler was someone's son, maybe brother (Don't know), possibly someones Father (I believe he was) too. This guy deserves more than he got!!!!!!! Remember folks, election day!!!!!

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  • LarryJune 03, 2014 - 7:30 am

    Kasandra. I am sure that he is a paragon of virtue. The facts are that he sprayed chemicals into the officers faces without knowing how dangerous it would be for them. This sounds like the district attorney is not doing his job.

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  • JazzAzzJune 03, 2014 - 7:34 am

    Amen to that. ELECTION DAY, ELECTION DAY, ELECTION DAY. Time for someone to be FIRED!!!!!!!

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  • Please...June 03, 2014 - 8:20 am

    Kasandra, hopefully his children read this someday, and never EVER pick up drugs, or land themselves in prison, or assault ANYONE! We can only hope they do not end up like daddy, though by the sounds of it, if they do, you'll probably make excuses for them too. Please let them learn from this instead of criticizing a community that’s had enough of this crap!

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  • wow.June 03, 2014 - 8:16 am

    I agree with kassandra. this is my brother you guys keep calling a "monster" "criminal" referring him to "hitler" and I just want y'all to know how dumb you sound. you don't know my brother never once have you met him. so if you irrelevant people don't know the REAL story. stop talking. thank you. I mean y'all can't even get his name right.

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  • BJune 03, 2014 - 8:34 am

    Your brother is the criminal and attacked 3 officers. Lets stop pretending he is the innocent one.

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  • JazzAzzJune 03, 2014 - 11:14 am

    I never referred to HIM as Hitler, just saying that Hitler also was a Son, maybe Father, etc. etc. And look how that turned out. Stop making excuses, enabling him. Probably been going on all his life, which is why he is where he is. I have gone through more than 60 yrs. of life, and never once have been arrested, let alone acted as he did, as I am sure many here have not ever been arrested, hardly even getting a moving violation (last one about 20 yrs ago). Wake up and smell the roses!!!!

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  • hazelJune 05, 2014 - 5:02 am

    Sorry to say to his sister(s), but when you do the crime, you do the time. Maybe instead of sitting here wasting time trying to defend him, you should go and try to get him some help! I mean we all need a little help and I see where you are coming from, I have brothers but if they were out here running the streets, doing drugs and in/out of jail trying to actually make an escape, I would be ashamed instead of justifying. There is really not many people who have successfully escaped from prison much less jail. I mean get real, does he think he is some kind of super power human being or a real life old school gangster? Even Al Capone wouldn't have been so stupid, at least he would have used some sort of skill. I am sure your brother has some. Possibly too much time on his hands much like the people running around our city feeding off of the system while hardworking citizens like myself have to pay higher taxes just because we are the ones busting our asses. Lastly, criminals like him take up too much time, resources and state money....Just to defend a guy like this, who is provided with an attorney if he cannot afford one, aaah what a privilege! Seriously, get real...and get off the dope hopefully your are not on it as well or enabling him. Not trying to be hurtful, its just real. Police officers or not, nobody has the right to harm another human being physically or in any way shape or form for their own wrong doings or out of their own anger..... good luck to you, hope he gets help. Maybe you should stop reading this and feeding into it if it is bothering you... just an idea ?

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  • ChucksterJune 03, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    To Kassandra and wow. It is my hope that if soemeday, somewhere, somebody sprays a chemical in your face that you remember your comments here and 'forgive and forget' because after all that person too will be somebody's father or brother or son.

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  • ConfusedJune 03, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    Let's also remember... He did plead GUILTY of a felony and that's serious. The only story I need to know is he's a convinced felon and if the DA wasn't weak you could have added a couple more felonies to his record but he was smart and took the gift the DA handed him. I don't view this as attacking your brother, stand up for him nothing wrong with that. This is just people venting at the DA's office not doing their job.

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  • SueBabyJune 03, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    Wow.. and they're handing out 3-4 year sentences to the local pot head?!

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  • BSJune 03, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    Come on folks. You can't blame DA duBain. He can't worry about the citizens and run the office right and be expected to attend campaign parties at wineries too. He had to be selective and well, chose the latter. Jazz, I followed you. No duBain in office for me

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  • boomJune 03, 2014 - 9:50 pm

    If only this guy was a minority. Probably woulda gave him the chair.

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  • BJune 04, 2014 - 7:48 am

    I can point out at least 5 cases where "minorities" got a slap on the wrist. Stop with the ignorant race card crying.

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  • boomJune 05, 2014 - 7:32 pm

    @B-I'm glad you found five. I see five cases of non minorities getting probation or suspended sentences every time I watch one hours worth of news. You can sit here and argue the race card with me on this stupid computer or you can go to the website yourself and see that sentencing is racially biased. Its a known FACT that women receive the death penalty at a much lower rate than men do, even though they sometimes commit as heinous of crimes as men do, knowing that to be a FACT, is it that much of a reach to think minorities are being over charged and slammed with higher sentences?

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