NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Highland Park man has been found guilty of attempting to escape from the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick, where he was being held while awaiting sentencing in an unrelated matter in an announcement made yesterday by the Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Carlton Bailey, 40, was convicted of attempted escape, possession of escape implements and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The scheme was foiled following an investigation by Sgt. Paul DeAmicis and Investigator Kino Francis, both of the Middlesex County Department of Corrections Special Investigations Unit, and Sgt. Michael Daniewicz and Sgt. Adrian Villegas, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

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During a trial that began on December 2, 2014, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Tzvi Dolinger presented evidence and testimony showing that while being held at the Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick, Bailey had obtained screws and was using them to scrape apart the frame of the window to break it open and escape from his cell.

A jury sitting in New Brunswick deliberated about 2 ½ hours before finding Bailey guilty on December 8, 2014.

He could be sentenced to serve up to 15 years in a New Jersey state prison with no chance of parole for 7 ½ years when he appears before Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas on January 30, 2015.

Bailey was charged on May 3, 2013, after the investigation determined that he had obtained paint that matched the paint around the window frame and was using it nightly to cover new scraping.

In addition, a search recovered a screw that was hidden in Bailey’s sock.