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Ringleader in Victor Cullen escape gets 7 years

October 22, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Frederick County prosecutors say one of the ringleaders in the escape of 14 residents of a state-run juvenile detention center has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Dayquane Barnes, now 18, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree escape, second-degree burglary and second-degree assault.

Barnes was the last of nine Victor Cullen Center residents to admit guilt in the mass escape that left six staff members injured.

Prosecutors say Barnes seriously injured at least four of the six wounded staffers. Eight defendants before him received sentences of one to six years.

Barnes was also fined $1,000 plus $145 in court costs and ordered to pay $461 in restitution for damage to the Cullen center during the escape.

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