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Md. man sentenced to Pa. state prison

May 02, 2002|BY STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Advising a Maryland man he had burned his bridges with the local prison system, a Franklin County judge sentenced him to state prison Wednesday for charges of conspiracy to receive stolen property and escape.

James Everett Rice, 19, of Frederick, Md., was jailed in the Franklin County Prison in December when he attempted to break out.

"Clearly you have burned your bridges with the local institution," said Judge Carol L. Van Horn, citing negative recommendations from police officers and misconduct reports at the jail. "You've got an attitude problem, and I think a state correctional institution may be able to correct that."

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She ordered Rice to serve nine to 84 months in prison on the conspiracy to receiving charge and make about $3,500 restitution. She gave him 16 days credit for time served.

Van Horn also sentenced Rice to 12 to 84 months in state prison for escape, to run concurrently with the first sentence.

Rice had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen property and no contest to escape.

He was arrested Aug. 11 after police in Waynesboro, Pa., discovered that he and two friends were riding in a stolen vehicle, according to court records.

On Dec. 18, Franklin County Prison officials discovered the window frame in Rice's cell had been pried off. Rice pulled a leg off of his cellmate's bed to pry open the window in an attempt to escape, according to court records.

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