Jeffrey Kindle, who is originally from the State of Delaware, was being held in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center in July of 2017 as he awaited trial on assault charges. Detention Center Officers discovered that Kindle was in possession of several pieces of metal that he was using to chisel away the concrete in the blocks contained within his jail cell. Kindle also chiseled a hole in the ceiling of the cell. A follow-up investigation conducted by the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office revealed that Kindle had confided in several other inmates that he was attempting to “break out” of the jail. When he realized that he was not going to be able to chisel his way out, Kindle created a plan to take one of the female nurses at the Detention Center hostage and fight his way out of the jail using the pieces of metal he had in his possession.
Kindle was subsequently charged with criminal offenses related to the attempted escape and possessing contraband inside the facility. Over the course of several months Kindle, by way of his attorney, claimed he was not criminally responsible (NCR) for his actions related to the attempted escape. After being examined by doctors, Kindle was deemed to be competent and was ultimately found guilty of the escape attempt. On October 30, 2018 Mr. Kindle was sentenced to 6 years in the Division of Corrections, to be served consecutively to his prior assault conviction in which he received a seven and a half year prison sentence.
Mr. Kindle is also facing charges of attempted escape in St. Mary’s County. After attempting his escape from the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center he was transferred to St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He then attempted an escape from that facility using the same method of chiseling he used in Queen Anne’s County. Kindle is also wanted in the State of Delaware for escape charges and will be transferred to Delaware once he has served his entire period of incarceration in the State of Maryland.
Deputy State’s Attorney, Michael “Mick” Cuches prosecuted both the assault and escape cases against Mr. Kindle.