HURON, S.D. (AP) – A 45-year-old Kansas man was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison for breaking out of the Beadle County jail in January.
Charles Beeney, who had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, theft and escape, changed his plea Friday to guilty and was given the maximum sentence for the crime, KELO television reported (http://bit.ly/10EJyXm ).
Prosecutors say Beeney escaped from the jail in Huron on Jan. 8 by accosting a guard with a makeshift weapon. He was captured later that day after stealing a pickup truck and driving it to Sioux Falls.
Beeney had been in the Huron jail since Dec. 3, when he was arrested following a chase with law enforcement officers from five counties and the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The chase ended when Beeney crashed the pickup truck he had stolen from a dealership in Bismarck, N.D., in a field west of the South Dakota town of Alpena.
Beeney al! so has a criminal history in Kansas and North Dakota, including an escape from a county jail in North Dakota and an attempted escape from the State Penitentiary in that state.
Information from: KELO-TV, http://www.keloland.com