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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) One of four inmates who escaped from a north-central Kansas jail in April has pleaded guilty to carjacking.
The U.S. Attorney's office said it will recommend an 18-year sentence for 22-year-old Eric James following his plea Tuesday in federal court in Wichita. The sentence would follow the 12 years that James still has to serve for robbery and other state charges.
James, Santos Carrera-Morales and two other men escaped April 18 from the Ottawa County jail, where they had been transferred from an overcrowded state prison. James was the last to be captured when he was arrested two days later in Omaha, Neb.
James admitted that after escaping, he assaulted a man who was leaving his Ottawa County home for work and stole the victim's Nissan Altima.