A rural Tonganoxie man has pleaded not guilty to escaping from the Leavenworth County Jail earlier this year.

A rural Tonganoxie man has pleaded not guilty to escaping from the Leavenworth County Jail earlier this year.

However, the attorney for George J. Burgess Jr. said the defendant may still resolve the case with a plea agreement.

Burgess, 38, faces a misdemeanor charge of escape from custody.

He is accused of escaping from the custody of the jail July 20 by running away from an unsecured area. He was a trusty who was working outside of the Leavenworth County Jail at the time, but he was still inside the Justice Center building.

He was serving a seven-month sentence at the jail, according to Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley.

Burgess was taken into custody Aug. 13 in Lawrence, according to Sgt. Amy Rhoads of the Lawrence Police Department.

Burgess appeared Friday in Leavenworth County District Court for an arraignment.

Burgess’ attorney, Gary Fuller, said the defendant was pleading not guilty for now. But Fuller said he thinks the matter eventually can be resolved with a plea agreement.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby scheduled a status hearing for Sept. 29.

Sundby said he will schedule a trial in the case if a plea agreement has not been reached by the Sept. 29 hearing.

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