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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Prison inmate appears on escape charge

  • An inmate accused of escaping last month from the Lansing Correctional Facility has made his first court appearance for an escape charge, a prosecution official said.
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  • An inmate accused of escaping last month from the Lansing Correctional Facility has made his first court appearance for an escape charge, a prosecution official said.
    Randy A. Ridens Sr., 57, made the appearance Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court. He faces one count of aggravated escape from custody, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.
    Ridens allegedly escaped May 10 from LCF. He was taken into custody later that day as he was entering Topeka, according to Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay.
    Two other inmates, Allen Hurst and Scott Gilbert, also are alleged to have escaped LCF May 10. They were apprehended in Missouri where they're facing multiple charges.
    Ridens currently is serving a prison sentence for burglary and theft convictions in Shawnee and Douglas counties.
    He was in minimum custody at the time of the alleged escape. His custody level is now listed on a KDOC website as special management.
    He earliest possible release date from prison is July 24, 2014. But this doesn't reflect the possible sentence he could face if he's convicted of the escape charge.
    Ridens has an extensive criminal history with multiple convictions for theft, burglary and criminal damage to property in Leavenworth, Montgomery, Wyandotte, Johnson and Miami counties. He also has previous convictions in Wyandotte County for attempted criminal sodomy and attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child, according to the KDOC website.
    His next court date in the escape case is July 19. That's scheduled as an appearance with a court-appointed attorney, according to Thompson.
    Gilbert and Hurst each are facing multiple charges in Missouri for allegedly firing shots at law enforcement officers and attempting to kidnap another man after after escaping from LCF, according to Eric Zahnd, Platte County, Mo., prosecuting attorney.
    Thompson said Gilbert and Hurst also are each charged in Leavenworth County for aggravated escape from custody and theft of a vehicle. They have not yet appeared on these charges because they remain in custody in Missouri.

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