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BEERS AWAITS SENTENCING

February 8, 1996

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A Lawrence man who was convicted Tuesday of escaping from jail is awaiting sentencing today on another escape conviction.

Chad A. Beers is scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. today in Fort Smith, Ark., where he was convicted in November of escaping from the Sebastian County Jail on Aug. 30, 1994.

At that time, Beers was awaiting transfer to a federal penitentiary to begin serving a sentence for kidnapping an elderly Arkansas man and stealing his car.

He was recaptured Sept. 7, 1994, in Lincoln, Neb.

After his recapture, Beers was prosecuted and convicted in Nebraska on charges stemming from a chase and armed robbery he committed there.

From Nebraska, Beers was sent to the Washington County Jail in Fayetteville, Ark., where he escaped Oct. 21, 1995.

Beers was recaptured on Oct. 23, 1995, in Watts, Okla., then was indicted for the Fayetteville escape.

On Tuesday, a jury in Fayetteville found Beers guilty as charged after a one-day trial. Federal prosecutors said each escape conviction carried a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.

A sentencing date was unavailable on Beers' conviction in Fayetteville.

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