Inmate Gets 18 Years For Carjacking During Ottawa County Jail Escape
KSAL Staff - Thu 02:42 PM 10/11/2012
22-year-old Eric Jerome James has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison. The sentence will run consecutive to his remaining term in state prison.
A man who escaped from the Ottawa County Jail and carjacked a vehicle will spend near 20 years in federal prison.
According to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom's Office, 22-year-old Eric Jerome James has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison. The sentence will run consecutive to his remaining term in state prison.
James was one of four inmates who escaped from the Ottawa County Jail April 18. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office filed criminal escape charges against the other three.
In his plea, James admitted that he was still on foot shortly after fleeing the jail in Minneapolis when he encountered a victim identified as J.H., who was leaving home for work. James overpowered J.H. by threat and force, demanding he give up control of the vehicle.
The victim fled after suffering serious bodily injury to his face and James drove away alone in J.H.’s vehicle. James was arrested April 20 in Omaha, Nebraska. As part of the plea agreement, the state of Kansas did not charge James for the jail escape.