Crime & Courts

Oklahoma prison escapee caught in Kansas with gun sentenced to an extra 53 months

Lance D. Colbert
Lance D. Colbert Courtesy photo

An Oklahoma prison escapee captured in Kingman County in March was sentenced Thursday to 53 months in federal prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm after a felony conviction, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Lance D. Colbert, 40, was arrested in Spivey, Kan., with a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver in his pants pocket, just days after fleeing from Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown, Okla., Grissom said.

A deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Wichita caught Colbert on March 11 after spotting him in a vehicle parked on the shoulder of a highway, according to federal court records.

He and another inmate escaped the prison through a hole in a fence sometime after being let out of their cells to attend an evening church service on March 8, Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Alex Gerszewski said. They were discovered missing about 12 hours later.

Colbert was serving two life sentences for first-degree murder at the time of his escape, according to online inmate records from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. He was convicted of killing two people at a party in Tulsa County, Okla., in 1993, Gerszewski said.

Colbert will serve his federal prison term in Oklahoma and consecutive to his sentences in the murder case, Grissom said.

He pleaded guilty to the firearms violation in June.

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