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Man sentenced in connection with jail escape

December 20, 2000

Man sentenced in connection with jail escape



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County judge said he wasn't handing out any Christmas specials Wednesday before sentencing a Maryland man 36 to 150 months in the state prison following the man's escape from the county jail this year.

"This is not K-Mart on Christmas running a Christmas special where you get a group discount on several crimes," said Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker.

Scott Caldwell Taylor and his attorney, Mike Toms, had asked Walker to consider running his sentences in Pennsylvania concurrent with 11 years Taylor has to serve in Maryland for various crimes.

Walker disagreed, and said Taylor would have to serve time in Pennsylvania for the crimes he committed in Franklin County.

Taylor, 25, of Sharpsburg, was sentenced to 6 to 30 months for receiving stolen property, 18 to 60 months for escape and 12 to 60 months for attempted escape.

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Taylor had been in Franklin County Prison since February awaiting arraignment for his role in the theft of a 1989 Ford Mustang from a Washington Township car dealer when he and a Hagerstown man used hacksaw blades to cut their way out of the prison in April, according to court records.

Taylor remained at large for several weeks before he was picked up by police.

On Nov. 6, Taylor again tried to escape from the Franklin County Prison by cutting up a bed sheet and braiding it to form a rope. He and another prisoner tried to escape by hanging the improvised rope from a fence during their hour allotted in the courtyard, records show.

The plan was discovered after Taylor complained to a corrections officer about the cuts he sustained to his arms trying to go over the fence. He needed to be treated at Waynesboro Hospital, court records show.

Walker ordered the sentences be served consecutively at the state prison.

"There's no way we're keeping you in county prison. We'll let you try your magic at the State Correctional Institution," Walker said.

During the first escape, Taylor and Steven Silverman spent hours cutting through window bars and finally broke out the window before escaping to the roof. From there, they jumped from the front of the jail, where there is no fence.

This prompted the warden to request more razor wire on the fences and on the roof of the building.

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