2013 News Releases

Inmate sentenced for aggravated escape from custody

Release Date: Mar 20, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS – (March 20, 2013) – The second of four inmates who escaped from custody in April 2012 was sentenced today to more than 11 years in prison for aggravated escape from custody, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. The inmates were housed at the Ottawa County Jail at the time of their escape.

Drew Edward Wade, 22, of Topeka, was sentenced to 136 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections by Judge Jerome P. Hellmer in Ottawa County District Court. Wade pleaded guilty to the escape charge in January. Hellmer ordered the sentence to be served consecutive to the 87 months Wade is serving for previous convictions in Shawnee County.

A second defendant in the case, Eric James, was sentenced in July 2012 to 18 years in federal prison for carjacking charges related to the escape. Alberto Jon Barraza-Lujan, has also pleaded guilty to aggravated escape from custody and is scheduled be sentenced next week. The final defendant, Santos M. Carrera-Morales, is charged with aggravated escape from custody and battery on a corrections officer. He is awaiting trial. Charges against Carrera-Morales are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Assistant Attorney General Steve Karrer from Schmidt’s office is prosecuting the cases.

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