Southeast Kansas jail escapee agrees to plea deal

Steven Ray Barnes. (Photo via KSN News)

GIRARD, Kan. (AP) — One of two men who escaped from a southeast Kansas county jail has agreed to a plea deal.

The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that 27-year-old Steven Ray Barnes pleaded no contest Tuesday to aggravated escape from custody and two unrelated aggravated battery counts. As part of the agreement, charges of aggravated intimidation of a witness, possession of amphetamines and obstruction of official duty were dropped. He faces a 10 year prison term.

One of the aggravated battery charges stems from a 2014 attack that left a Pittsburg State University with a broken jaw. Then in April, Barnes and another inmate scaled a fence at the Crawford County jail’s outdoor recreation area. The other battery count stems from an attack last month that left another inmate with a collapsed lung.


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