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Man sentenced for prison escape

September 14, 2000

Man sentenced for prison escape



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


Scott Caldwell Taylor was handed what may be the first of two sentences Thursday for an escape from the Franklin County (Pa.) Prison in April.

Taylor pleaded guilty to escape before Washington County Circuit Judge John McDowell because he was a Maryland prisoner "on loan" to Pennsylvania when the jail break occurred in that state.

McDowell imposed a two-year sentence, to be served consecutively with Taylor's nine-year-and-one-day Maryland sentence for fourth-degree burglary and theft convictions, according to court records.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Steve Kessell said Taylor was also charged with escape in Franklin County and can be prosecuted there too.

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Taylor had been moved to Franklin County last February to stand trial there on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.

The escape occurred April 19. Taylor was apprehended May 5 in Brunswick, Md., Kessell said.

Taylor faces new charges in Pennsylvania for crimes that occurred while he and his fellow escapee, Steven Lawrence Silverman, 30, of Hagerstown, were at large.

Silverman, who is back in the Franklin County Prison awaiting trial on Pennsylvania charges, has also been implicated in a May 12 bank robbery in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Silverman was captured that same day by Maryland State Police and charged with bank robbery, first-degree escape, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving a false statement and hindering, according to court records.

At the time of the escape, Silverman was in the Franklin County Prison awaiting arraignment on burglary and theft charges in a June 1999 break-in at Shoemaker's Sporting Goods in Chambersburg.

Thirty handguns worth more than $11,000 were taken in that burglary, according to Chambersburg Borough Police records.

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