ROSEBURG, Ore. (KMTR) – The inmate who escaped from the Douglas County jail June was seen in court Wednesday morning, pleading no contest to the charges he faces in Douglas County.
The maximum sentence for escape in the second degree is 25 to 30 months in prison. Douglas County District Attorney Jodee Jackson requested that the sentence be extended due to “substantial and compelling reasons to depart” from the maximum sentencing.
Judge Ambrosini did impose an upward departure, sentencing Thomas Grimes to a maximum of 60 months in prison. Grimes also faces 24 months of post-prison supervision.
As part of the sentencing, Judge Ambrosini ruled that Grimes is ineligible for any prison programs during his years behind bars due to the severity of his crimes. He is, however, eligible for 'good time', if applicable during his time served.
Grimes is also facing multiple charges in Lane County. While on the run, Grimes eluded Springfield police, drove stolen vehicles and attempted to run over a police officer. These charges will be dealt with at a later date in Lane County.
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