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Lansing inmate faces an extra 10 years for May escape

  • Published Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at 1:43 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at 10:39 p.m.

A 58-year-old inmate at Lansing Correctional Facility was sentenced Friday to 10 years and two months in prison for an escape in May.

Three men, including Randy Ridens Sr., escaped about 7:30 a.m. May 10 from the prison, where he was serving terms for his 2010 convictions on burglary and theft charges. Investigators heard he was headed to Topeka, and they apprehended him there just before 10:30 p.m.

Ridens could have been released as early as Dec. 4 on his previous cases, according to a calculation on the Kansas Department of Corrections website.

The two other men with whom Ridens allegedly escaped, Allen M. Hurst and Scott A. Gilbert, also face aggravated escape charges in Leavenworth County, as well as an additional theft charge, said County Attorney Todd G. Thompson.

But those charges are on hold while the men await prosecution on a long list of assault, attempted kidnapping, armed criminal action and tampering charges in Platte County, where they purportedly engaged authorities in a shootout and high-speed chase before their arrests.

| Mark Morris, mmorris@kcstar.com

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