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Bonner Springs man pleads guilty on charge related to May escape from Lansing prison

November 13, 2013

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One of three inmates who walked away from a northeast Kansas prison in May pleaded guilty on Wednesday to aggravated escape from custody, according to the Leavenworth County Attorney's Office.

Randy Ridens, 57, faces the possibility of more than 10 years in jail on top of the time he is serving at the Lansing Correctional Facility. Ridens, originally from Bonner Springs, was convicted in Douglas and Shawnee counties in 2010 on multiple burglary counts and one count of theft.

Ridens, alongside Allen M. Hurst, 31, and Scott A. Gilbert, 49, led both Kansas and Missouri authorities on a daylong search after their May 10 escape from the Lansing Correctional Facility. Ridens was apprehended later that evening as he entered Topeka. Earlier that day, Leavenworth County Sheriff's deputies searched for Ridens around Bonner Springs. Meanwhile, Hurst and Gilbert surrendered in Edgerton, Mo., after several hours of negotiations with law enforcement.

Hurst and Gilbert are facing charges in Platte County, Mo., related to incidents after their escape and also have cases pending in Leavenworth County related to the escape.

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