Inmate sentenced in Lansing prison escape

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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LANSING, Kan. (AP) -- An inmate has been sentenced to 10 years and two months in prison for escaping from a Kansas prison with two other men in May.

Fifty-eight-year-old Randy Ridens was sentenced Friday in Leavenworth County for aggravated escape from custody. The Kansas City Star reports that he could have been released as early as this month on his previous burglary and theft cases.

The other two men Ridens escaped with from the Lansing Correctional Facility face charge in Kansas and Missouri. Those two men, Allen Hurst and Scott Gilbert, surrendered in Edgerton, Mo., after several hours of negotiations with law enforcement. They were accused of trying to ambush officers who pursued them and of attempting to kidnap the Edgerton mayor.

Ridens was caught later that evening as he entered Topeka.


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