Former Ness City man draws additional 12 years for escape, aggravated burglaries

A former Ness City man who has two Jessica’s Law convictions had more than 12 years tacked on to his sentence after pleading guilty to escaping from jail and aggravated burglaries, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s Office said Wednesday.

Benito Cardenas Jr., 38, was given an additional 151 months on Tuesday for the escape and two counts of aggravated burglary. He drew 130 months for the burglary counts in Trego County District Court and 21 months for the escape in Ness County District Court.

Cardenas is currently serving a sentence without the possibility of parole for 25 years for the Jessica’s Law convictions. Tuesday’s sentences will run consecutive to his prior sentence, Schmidt’s office said.

Cardenas was awaiting sentencing on the Jessica’s Law convictions in August 2012 when he escaped from the Ness County Jail. He later was apprehended in Trego County but not before committing two burglaries.

He pleaded guilty to the charges in August.