Man Receives 12 More Years to Sentence After Escape

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) One of four inmates who fled a north-central Kansas jail has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for a carjacking after the escape.

Prosecutors announced Thursday that Eric James, 22, was sentenced on one count of carjacking. He admitted that after escaping from the Ottawa County Jail in April, he assaulted a man leaving his home and stole the man’s vehicle. James was arrested April 20 in Omaha, Neb.

The sentence will follow the 12 years that James still must serve for robbery and other state charges.

As part of the plea deal, James was not charged for the escape. The other three inmates were all captured and face state charges for the escape.