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Man gets year added to prison sentence after escape attempt

Feb 24, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

A Northern Arapaho man was sentenced Feb. 5 to 13 more months in federal prison after trying to escape from a halfway house in Gillette.

Garrett Blackburn, 21, of Arapahoe, had at the time nine weeks left on a 16-month sentence for assault resulting in serious bodily injury

"He walked away from the Volunteers of America Community Corrections Center," U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman John Powell said.

Generally, to be placed in the facility, inmates are pre-released from prison and enter the program to try to assimilate back into the community, Powell said.

U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl also added two years supervised release to follow Blackburn's lengthened prison term and a $100 special assessment.

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts had charged the defendant with escape from custody.

Blackburn had been imprisoned at the Federal Correctional Facility Englewood in Englewood, Colo.

The original assault charge arose from a Feb. 5, 2012, attack on Charles Edward Black, according to a federal indictment. Blackburn pleaded guilty to the charge Aug. 21, 2012.

U.S District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal sentenced Blackburn to the original 16 months in prison along with a $100 special assessment and $434 in restitution on Oct. 30, 2012.

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