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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Jail inmate sentenced for escape

  • A man who escaped from the Leavenworth County Jail in December has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for the escape and an unrelated charge.
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  • A man who escaped from the Leavenworth County Jail in December has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for the escape and an unrelated charge.
    Raheem K. Armstead, 30, was sentenced Friday in Leavenworth County District Court in two cases. He was sentenced to 19 months in prison for aggravated escape from custody. This charge stems from his Dec. 29 escape from the Leavenworth County Jail.
    He was apprehended Dec. 31 at a Leavenworth residence.
    Armstead also was sentenced Friday to 34 months for a felony drug paraphernalia charge from a case that already was pending at the time of the escape. The sentences will run consecutive.
    He pleaded guilty to both charges in January as part of a plea agreement.
    "I'm ready to get this all over with," Armstead said at one point Friday when he was offered the chance to speak.
    Armstead had been a trusty at the Leavenworth County Jail at the time of the escape. He escaped on foot when he and other trusties were escorted outside to dispose of trash.
    Following the incident, the Leavenworth County Commission approved the construction of a fence around the area where Armstead escaped.
    As part of the plea agreement, Armstead intended to enter a plea Friday in another case that's still pending against him. But this matter was continued until Wednesday because of confusion about an amended charge.
    The prosecutor who's been handling this particular case was absent Friday. District Judge Gunnar Sundby continued the case to allow time to confer with the prosecutor.
    Armstead previously was sentenced to more than two years in prison following an August conviction for a possession of methamphetamine and other charges.
    Also Friday, Joshua A. Showalter was sentenced to 14 months in prison for an obstruction charge in connection to Armstead's escape. Showalter reportedly allowed Armstead to stay at his apartment after the escape.
    Showalter also was ordered to serve a nine-month prison sentence as the result of a probation revocation in another case.
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