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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Three charged in connection to escape

  • While they’re not accused of escaping from the Leavenworth County Jail, three people are facing charges in connection to an alleged Dec. 29 escape, court records show.
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  • While they’re not accused of escaping from the Leavenworth County Jail, three people are facing charges in connection to an alleged Dec. 29 escape, court records show.
    James R. Hill, 29, is charged with aiding an escape. And Joshua A. Showalter, 25, and Amber D. Hall, 23, each are charged with obstructing apprehension or prosecution, according to court records.
    The three defendants are accused of providing assistance in some way to Raheem K. Armstead. Armstead is accused of escaping from custody at the Leavenworth County Jail Dec. 29 by running away while taking garbage to an outside receptacle. He was arrested two days later at a Leavenworth residence by members of the Sheriff’s Office.
    According to the complaint filed against him, Hill is accused of assisting Armstead to escape.
    Showalter and Hall are accused of harboring, concealing or aiding Armstead, according to court documents.
    Showalter made his first court appearance in the case of his obstruction charge Monday afternoon. Hall and Hill are each supposed to appear Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court.
    During his court appearance Monday, Showalter indicated he wished to apply for a court-appointed attorney.
    “I’ll tentatively appoint an attorney,” District Judge Gunnar Sundby said.
    The case was continued until Wednesday.
    Showalter made the court appearance Monday while in the custody of officers from the county jail. Sundby said he would order a bond screen so bond would be set in the case.
    Showalter also faces possible revocation of probation in two prior cases. He’s also scheduled to appear in those cases Wednesday.
    Armstead, 29, has been charged with aggravated escape from custody. He’s next scheduled to appear in court Friday. Armstead’s attorney, Geoffrey Sonntag, has indicated the defense and prosecution may work out a resolution to the escape charge as well as two other cases pending against the defendant.
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