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home : local news : local news February 05, 2016

3/28/2014 10:59:00 AM
Carter gets 11 years for escape from prison here
The man who walked away from Robinson Correctional Center last year has been sentenced.

Jared C. Carter, 32, was charged with a count of escape, a Class 2 felony. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine and court costs.

As a result of his previous convictions, state law dictates that he be sentenced as if the crime was a Class X felony, which has a range of six to 30 years. He has been convicted of 10 different felonies since 2002.

The sentence was agreed to after a closed consultation between defense attorney Jay Holtzhouser, State's Attorney Matthew Hartrich and Judge Christopher Weber.

The defense and prosecution had previously presented a six-year sentence and $1,000 fine at Carter's last court hearing. Weber rejected that agreement, saying it was insufficient.

Carter's escape cost the state about $300,000, according to Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer.

Carter had been working outside on a crew and walked away. Carter had no human contact and committed no other crimes before he was arrested in Palestine, Shaer said.

"I'm pleased with the outcome of the case," Hartrich said. It was consistent with the threat Carter posed to the community while at large.

Officer Mark Lowrance of the prison was accused of violating policy while supervising outside trustees. In January, IDOC personnel handed him a two-day suspension. IDOC media staff did not immediately return a call on the status of any potential appeal on Lowrance's suspension.

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