Kentucky State Police Trooper Seth Willis and Deputy U.S. Marshal Craig Smith hold a press conference at the KSP Campbellsburg Post to update information about three escaped convicts from Tell City who stopped in Sanders, Ky., in Carroll County and invaded a farm on KY 36. Three brothers were beaten at the site (below) and several guns, money, clothing and a truck were stolen. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie)
Kentucky State Police Trooper Seth Willis and Deputy U.S. Marshal Craig Smith hold a press conference at the KSP Campbellsburg Post to update information about three escaped convicts from Tell City who stopped in Sanders, Ky., in Carroll County and invaded a farm on KY 36. Three brothers were beaten at the site (below) and several guns, money, clothing and a truck were stolen. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie)
A Carroll County, Ky., man was flown to University Hospital in Louisville and his two brothers were treated at an area hospital after three Indiana prison escapees beat and bound them at a home near Sanders, Ky., on Monday morning, the Kentucky State Police said.

KSP Capt. Dean Hayes said Richard Marshall, 59, of Sanders, was in stable condition at the Louisville hospital. Keith Marshall, 56, and Barry Marshall, 50, both of Sanders, were treated and released.

The escapees took at least 10 firearms ranging in size and caliber, a "sizable sum" of money a gas can, several changes of clothes, primarily flannel shirts and jeans, and a pickup truck from Richard Marshall's cattle farm on KY 36, KSP Trooper Seth Willis said.

The truck is a dull green 1998 4X4 Ford Ranger pickup truck with a super cab and Kentucky license number 7824 BZ. The truck has a dent on a rear fender and part of the lower spoiler on the front end is missing.

Authorities said the escapees are armed and dangerous, and no one - except law enforcement agents - should follow, stop or interact with the escapees.

"The utmost caution and care should be used," Willis said. "Take note, be observant but be safe."

Willis said any suspicious activity is not to be taken lightly. The state, federal and local authorities are willing to sift through all calls of possible sightings or information about the escapees. Police asked that residents call their local law enforcement agency or 911 if they have information on sightings or activity. Any information might lead to the trio's apprehension, Willis said.

Details added to descriptions

Police added details about the escapees' descriptions, including scars and tattoos. The escapees are:

• Bobby Cockerell III, 31, of Jeffersonville. Cockerell is white, about 6-foot-2, weighs about 220 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair. He has scars on his left hand, lower arm and face. "Char-lee" is tattooed on his upper chest and lower neck. "Wizard" is tattooed on his left shoulder, and a skull is tattooed on his left inner forearm. He has a birthmark on his abdomen.

• Jerry Sargent, 59, of Dry Ridge, Ky. Sargent is described as white, about 6-food-5, weighs 210 pounds and has blue eyes and red hair. He wears glasses and has the word, "Panama" tattooed on his upper left arm. He has family in the Grant County, Ky., area, and police said he might be trying to contact them. He escaped from another prison in 1974, according to court records.

• Christopher J. Marshall, 49, of Monon, who police said is not related to the Marshalls who were beaten and bound. Marshall is described as white, about 5-foot-8, weighs 188 pounds and has green eyes and brown hair. He usually keeps his hair tied in a ponytail and has a long, unkempt beard. He wears glasses and walks with a noticeable limp. His right leg is shorter than the left, and he has a built-up shoe on his right foot. He has a scar on his lower right arm and surgical marks and scars on his right foot, upper left leg and lower right leg. He also has tattoos of a skull with axes on his upper back, a chain with a skull on his right ankle and multiple tattoos on both arms.

The Kentucky State Police were called to Richard Marshall's farm just outside Sanders at 11:30 a.m. Monday to investigate assault. Each assault occurred individually, with the first around 9:30 a.m. in a barn near the house, Willis said at a press conference Monday at the KSP's Campbellsburg post.

The Marshall brothers identified the men who beat and bound them as the three men who escaped Friday from the Branchville Correctional Facility near Tell City.

Richard Marshall's house is on KY 36 near the Interstate 71 overpass and can only be accessed by driving on rural state roads or walking off of the interstate and through woods.

On Sunday, Kentucky State Police found a stolen 1989 Ford pickup truck on Interstate 71 within walking distance from Richard Marshall's house. The find caused KSP units, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office to search for the escapees.

Willis said it is unknown where the escapees slept overnight, but he said police think they might have slept in the woods or in the barn on Richard Marshall's property.

"We can only speculate," Willis said. "It was more opportunistic than planned."

Willis said it also is unknown where the escapees were headed, and that state and federal authorities have alerted other agencies about the escaped inmates.

Prior histories

Each of the escapees has been involved in at least one felony crime, which resulted in their convictions.

In 1974, Sargent escaped from a correctional facility and had four unrelated felonies before his most recent conviction in 1988, according to court records. He was convicted of arson and breaking and entering in 1973; escape in 1974; receiving stolen property, more than $100, and wanton endangerment in 1977; and receiving stolen property, more than $100, in 1982.

In 1988, Sargent was convicted of the armed robbery and criminal confinement of a female Jeffersonville store employee. He held her at gunpoint, beat her and raped her several times during an eight-and-a-half-hour period. He appealed for a shortened release time but was denied by the Indiana Court of Appeals in 2008. Sargent was serving a 50-year sentence; his earliest possible release date was Jan. 7, 2023.

Cockerell was convicted of burglary in 2008 after he and his stepbrother burglarized houses in Harrison and Crawford counties in Indiana and in Meade County, Ky. The pair burglarized as many as 10 houses and took more than $125,000 worth of belongings from houses in Meade County alone. Cockerell and his stepbrother were called "the pillowcase bandits" by police because the thieves always took a pillowcase from the houses they stole from.

When Cockerell and his stepbrother were going to be arrested, they led authorities on a high-speed chase in a Jeep across a bridge into Harrison County, Ind. The pair crashed the Jeep into bushes before Cockerell's stepbrother was arrested. Cockerell escaped and ran from police, but he later turned himself in to authorities.

Cockerell was convicted in November 2008 in Harrison County. He is listed on the Indiana Sheriff's Sex Offender Registry for being convicted of sexual battery in Scott County in 2003. He is to remain on the registry for life. Cockerell was serving a 20-year sentence for burglary; his earliest possible release date was March 29, 2016.

Marshall was arrested in July 1996 for dealing cocaine. He sold drugs to a confidential informant in White County, Ind. He was convicted on two counts of dealing in cocaine in December 1997. He was serving a 50-year sentence; his earliest possible release date was Jan. 5, 2021.