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Escapee gets 28 months in jail

April 20, 2000

A Hagerstown man who tasted freedom for 2 1/2 months after he failed to return from a jail work release program last fall was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to 28 months in prison.

Joseph Dempsey Feiser, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree escape. He escaped on Oct. 1 and was recaptured Dec. 17, 1999, by Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

A Hagerstown native, Feiser had been serving 18 months for burglary when he took off. First- and second-degree escape charges were lodged against him, court records said.

Feiser was charged with burglary in a Jan. 19, 1999, break-in at a Williamsport home in which items valued at more than $11,000 were taken, Maryland State Police said.

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Feiser, then 18, was charged with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, theft over $300 and malicious destruction of property.

Police recovered more than $9,000 worth of the stolen property, including televisions, computer game systems, a microwave oven, and cellular phones taken from a Kemps Mill Road home.

- Marlo Barnhart

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