Escapee pleads to amended charge

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By The Staff

A LaRue County man, charged with escaping from the custody of Jailer Mac Trumbo, pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to an amended charge in LaRue District Court.

James Walter Hoback III, 23, of River Road, New Haven, was charged with escape, second degree, after running from the courtroom during proceedings. Hoback was called to court for non-payment of funds. Records indicate he failed to make restitution in a criminal mischief case from two years ago.

Hoback turned himself in to the sheriff’s office Nov. 10. He pleaded guilty to escape, third degree.

Hoback was sentenced to 180 days jail, 90 days suspended. He is required to serve 45 consecutive days, then will be permitted to have work release for the remainder of his sentence. He was fined $153 and will be under unsupervised probation for two years.

Hoback also faces charges of menacing, wanton endangerment, second, and leaving the scene of an accident. Those charges will be reviewed Jan. 28.