Increased Sentence After Prison Escape

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) An inmate who fled from a north-central Kansas jail has been sentenced to another 18 years in federal prison for carjacking.

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that Eric Jerome James, 22, received the sentence after pleading guilty to stealing a vehicle following his escape from the Ottawa County Jail.

The Wichita Eagle reports that James escaped along with three other men who had been transferred to the jail from an overcrowded state prison. James was the last to be captured when he was arrested two days later in Omaha, Neb.

James admitted that after escaping, he assaulted a man who was leaving his Ottawa County home for work and stole the victim’s Nissan Altima. Under a plea agreement, James was not charged for the jail escape.