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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Man accused of helping escaped inmate faces probation revocation

  • A Leavenworth man could have his probation revoked for allegedly aiding a man who had escaped from the county jail as well as other violations.
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  • A Leavenworth man could have his probation revoked for allegedly aiding a man who had escaped from the county jail as well as other violations.
    Joshua A. Showalter, 25, has not been charged in connection to Raheem K. Armstead, who is accused of escaping from the jail over the weekend. But an affidavit filed in Leavenworth County District Court in an attempt to revoke Showalter's probation for two earlier cases cites an alleged association with Armstead and pending charges for providing aid to the inmate.
    Armstead allegedly ran away from the Leavenworth County Jail Saturday afternoon while taking garbage to an outside receptacle. He was taken into custody Monday morning in the 700 block of 13th Terrace, according to Sheriff's Office officials.
    Showalter reportedly was taken into custody Monday when authorities apprehended Armstead. Showalter remained in custody Thursday, according to Sheriff's Office officials.
    In November, Showalter was sentenced to a year of probation for two felony theft charges, according to court records.
    An affidavit that's part of a motion to revoke his probation cites a number of reasons for the requested revocation. Pending charges for allegedly aiding Armstead is one of the examples used in the affidavit to argue that Showalter has not obeyed the law.
    An association with Armstead was cited as part of an argument that Showalter allegedly has violated a requirement that he avoid people of disreputable or harmful character while on probation.
    The affidavit was prepared by a Community Corrections officer and included in a prosecution motion to revoke probation.
    Court records indicate Showalter appeared in court Wednesday. A revocation hearing is scheduled for Jan. 16.

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