Chad Beers was found guilty Monday of escaping from an Arkansas jail in 1994.
The 26-year-old Lawrence resident's one-day trial ended about 4:50 p.m. when a jury in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith, Ark., returned a guilty verdict on a count of escape from custody.
Federal prosecutors filed the charge against Beers after he and an accomplice pried their way out of a fenced exercise area at the Sebastian County Jail on Aug. 30, 1994. Beers was being held in at the jail, in Fort Smith, awaiting transfer to a federal penitentiary to begin serving a sentence for kidnapping an elderly Arkansas man and stealing his car.
He was recaptured on Sept. 7, 1994, in Lincoln, Neb., after leading authorities on a chase in a Lawrence public works truck he allegedly stole Sept. 6, 1994, in Lawrence.
After being arrested, Beers was prosecuted and convicted in Nebraska on charges stemming from the chase and an armed robbery he committed before arriving in Lincoln.
From there, he was sent to the Washington County Jail in Fayetteville, Ark., where he escaped Oct. 21. Beers was recaptured Oct. 23 in Watts, Okla.
Bill Cromwell, assistant U.S. attorney in Fort Smith, said Beers faced a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for his conviction in the Fort Smith escape.
A sentencing date has not been set. A court employee said the date would be set after a pre-sentence investigation is completed on Beers. Such investigations normally take at least 35 days to complete, the employee said.
Meanwhile, Beers is awaiting court hearings on charges filed after his recapture in the Washington County Jail breakout.