Additional Prison Time for Escaped Inmate

October 16, 2018 - 7:06 pm

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut inmate who spent 10 days on the lam will be spending an extra four years behind bars.  

The Hartford Courant reported Tuesday that a Superior Court judge has sentenced Jerry Mercado of Hartford to the additional time for escaping from a correctional institution. It will run consecutive to the sentence he's now serving for burglary.  

 Police say 25-year-old Mercado had a one year to finish on his three-year sentence when he grabbed onto a vehicle and escaped from Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield on Jan. 7. Police found him 10 days later outside a gas station in Canton, Georgia.  

 Connecticut's Department of Correction says it conducted security audits after the escape and ``where needed, appropriate changes were made to bolster the safety and security of the facilities.''

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