Corle then allegedly scaled a 10-foot-high fence topped by razor wire, using a plastic pillow cover to protect himself from being cut, Wetzel said.
Corle had been in Franklin County Prison since his June 18 arrest by Waynesboro, Pa., police. He was charged with receiving stolen property, attempted theft and criminal mischief, according to court documents.
Waynesboro police allege Corle was seen trying to break into a soda machine and was in possession of a van reported stolen in Montgomery County, Md.
Corle eluded police until Sept. 6, when he was pulled over in the stolen van by police in Lake Helen, Fla., for violating the curfew imposed after Hurricane Frances. Corle sped off when police approached the vehicle and later ditched the van, but he surrendered to Florida Fish and Wildlife officials who spotted him walking along a road the next day.
When Corle pleaded guilty to escape and theft on March 10, prosecutors and his defense attorney agreed to a sentence of 30 months to eight years in state prison, according to Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams. Since then, however, Corle's prior record score for crimes committed in Maryland has been raised, which could require a longer sentence under Pennsylvania law, Williams said.
Walker warned Corle that withdrawing his plea could mean a longer sentence if he is convicted at trial, but Corle said he still wanted to go to trial.
Walker said a trial could be scheduled as late as June.