Iowa inmate sentenced to 15 years in prison after using sheets to escape from jail

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FORT DODGE, Iowa — An Iowa jail inmate who escaped from the facility in August has been sentenced to 15 more years behind bars.

The Messenger reports ( ) a Webster County judge rejected 43-year-old Jason Sullivan's request for a suspended sentence on Monday. He pleaded guilty last month to a charge of escaping from custody.

Authorities say Sullivan and another man escaped the Fort Dodge jail in August while doing laundry. They used sheets they tied together as a makeshift rope to escape through a vent. Sullivan was recaptured a few days later in Fort Dodge.

Sullivan told the judge that people with similar charges have been granted probation. The judge says Sullivan's criminal record is too long to warrant a more lenient sentence.

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