SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A man who commandeered a bread delivery truck to smash through a northern Indiana jail's security gate has been sentenced to six years in prison on an escape charge.
A St. Joseph County judge ordered the sentence for 27-year-old Franklin Rice during a court hearing Wednesday.
Rice was in the South Bend jail awaiting sentencing on multiple counts of burglary when he escaped in April. The South Bend Tribune reports Rice told the judge he panicked at the prospect of a long sentence on those charges.
Police say the delivery driver had left the keys in the truck's ignition when Rice escaped about 4:30 a.m. Police arrested him at a home in Bremen later that day.
Rice's lawyer unsuccessfully argued for a shorter sentence, saying his escape wasn't violent.
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