Crime & Courts

Sentenced to a year in jail, he ran from the courtroom after a Taser shot missed

Raymond Keith Chapman
Raymond Keith Chapman Barton County Sheriff's Office

A Kansas man who was sentenced to a year in jail escaped from the courtroom after an officer's shot from a Taser missed, officials said.

Raymond Keith Chapman, 41, of Hoisington appeared at the Barton County Courthouse at around 9:45 a.m. Monday for sentencing on a probation violation, the Barton County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

"All went well until Judge Willey sentenced Chapman to 12 months in the county jail," the sheriff's office said.

That's when Chapman ran from the courtroom. The sheriff's office said he was shot with a Taser, but one of the leads failed to make contact.

Chapman fled from the courthouse in Great Bend, but officers chased and caught him in an alley about 3 1/2 blocks away, the post said. He was booked into jail for his 12-month sentence and faces new charges of escaping custody.

Chapman was discharged from the Kansas Department of Corrections in April after spending time in prison. He was convicted in 2013 of possessing drugs, state records show.

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