One of four men who escaped last week from the Ottawa County Jail has been indicted on federal carjacking charges, federal and state officials announced Tuesday.
Eric Jerome James, 22, is charged with one count of carjacking after he escaped from the north-central Kansas jail April 18, said U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom and Ray Roberts, state corrections secretary. James was the last of the four escapees to be arrested when he was taken into custody last Friday in Omaha.
The indictment alleges James assaulted a driver of a 2002 Nissan Altima in Ottawa County on the day of the escape and stole a the vehicle.
The Ottawa County sheriff has said the inmates used homemade knives to overpower two guards, get into the jail’s control room and open doors. The four inmates, including Santos Carrera-Morales, who was convicted of two 2007 murders in Wichita, have been taken to the state prison in Ellsworth.
If convicted, James faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. He was serving a state sentence for robbery and other crimes.
In other indictments:
Leon’s job involved soliciting business, submitting bids on behalf of Kemp and arranging for subcontractors to complete the work. On numerous occasions Kemp received contracts and performed work, but Leon sent bills to customers representing that another company with which he was associated, Pure Construction Consultants, had done the work, the indictment said.
After an internal investigation, Kemp concluded that Leon had diverted business and money from Kemp on approximately 89 different jobs.
In addition, Smith is charged with seven counts of wire fraud, one count of possession of a stolen identification document, one count of misusing an identification document, one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of unlawful possession of a driver’s license belonging to another person. Griffen is charged with five counts of wire fraud.
The indictment alleges the conspiracy involved selling stolen property on Craigslist.