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Escaped inmate pleads guilty, is sentenced

Brown to be released until sentencing — with conditions

Three defendants pleaded guilty, one of whom was promptly sentenced to prison Wednesday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor.

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• Joseph Knox, 36, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to escape, a third-degree felony; breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony; and two counts of theft, fourth-degree felonies. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

Mr. Knox walked away Aug. 14 from a work assignment at the Logan County Jail, and was captured Aug. 15 by Springfield Police. Along the way, he was involved in a burglary in the 6000 block of north Ludlow Road in Champaign County, where a caller told sheriff's deputies residents had returned home to find a man identified as the defendant, who fired shots as he fled when the resident chased him.

The sentence will run concurrently with the 10-plus year sentence the defendant is serving out of Champaign County.

• Keith L. Brown, 33, of Bellefontaine: three counts of possession of drugs, one of which is a second-degree felony, and the other two are third-degree felonies.

Attorneys are jointly recommending an eight-year prison sentence in the case, which was initially set to be resolved Monday until the court refused to allow the defendant out of jail until his June 7 sentence.

The defendant will be released from jail, but not immediately — he’s apparently got some issues to resolve with Bellefontaine Municipal Court. When he does get out, the defendant will be required to check with the Adult Parole Authority daily until his next court date.

• Elvis Ellison, 51, of Sidney: pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, and a probation violation. He will be sentenced May 29.

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