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3 inmates sentenced for helping escape

by AP posted Jan 29 2013 11:53AM
     CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Three Chesapeake inmates will spend additional time behind bars for helping another prisoner to escape.
     The Virginian-Pilot ( ) reports that Michael E. Darnell and Travis Christian each received a six-month sentence and a $500 fine on Monday in circuit court.
     Thomas M. Evans received a three-month sentence and a $250 fine.
     Evans and Christian had pleaded guilty to felony escape charges in October, while Darnell was convicted following a bench trial. The charges later were reduced to misdemeanors because of a paperwork error.
     The inmate who escaped, Dan Starling, was sentenced earlier this month to an additional five years for escape and two years for a probation violation.
     Starling's escape from the Chesapeake Correctional Center last June prompted the firing of two deputies. Three other deputies were disciplined.
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01/29/2013 11:53AM
3 inmates sentenced for helping escape
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