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August 17, 1995


Nearly a year after he escaped from a jail in Fort Smith, Ark., Chad Beers is heading back to Arkansas.

Federal marshals were preparing to transport Beers, of Lawrence, back to Arkansas to face an escape from custody charge filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith.

"They might move him today," said Steve Snyder, an assistant U.S. attorney in Fort Smith, who is prosecuting Beers for the Aug. 30, 1994, escape.

The move comes after Beers' sentencing Tuesday in Nebraska on convictions stemming from his capture. Beers was sentenced to 10 to 20 years imprisonment on counts of attempted robbery, theft, fleeing from law enforcement officers and assaulting a jail guard.

Beers was arrested in downtown Lincoln, Neb., on Sept. 7, 1994, eight days after he escaped from the exercise yard at the Sebastian County Jail in Fort Smith. At the time of the escape, Beers was awaiting transport to a federal penitentiary to begin serving a 14-year term for abducting an elderly Clarksville, Ark., man in September 1993.

It was Beers' second escape from custody in less than a year.

The first occurred Oct. 5, 1993, four days after he was arrested in connection with an armed robbery at Checkers Foods, 23rd and Louisiana.

Beers, who federal authorities had been seeking in the abduction when he was arrested in Lawrence, was captured Oct. 27, 1993, in Corpus Christi, Tex., and returned to Arkansas to face charges in the abduction.

In addition to the 14-year federal term, Beers was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment on state charges stemming from the kidnapping.

Snyder said that once Beers is brought back to Arkansas, he would be arraigned before a U.S. district magistrate in Fort Smith. An escape conviction would carry a mandatory five-year sentence, Snyder said.

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