Escapee sentenced for November walk-away

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A man who walked away from custody in November faces eight years in a high-security prison, after pleading guilty Tuesday to charges in district court.

Garrick Haf--en, of Craig, pleaded guilty to an escaping charge and a probation violation for a previous possession of methamph--etamine conviction.

District Court Judge Mary Lynne James sentenced Hafen to a maximum of 18 months for the probation violation and 6 1/2 years for the escape.

The sentences will run consecutively in a prison chosen by the Colorado Department of Corrections. Because of his escape attempt, Hafen most likely will serve his time in a high-security facility, Deputy District Attorney Michael Stern said.

Hafen, who was in jail on drug charges and warrants from Utah and Arizona, was working as a Moffat County Jail trustee at Centennial Mall when he walked away from custody in November 2005. He was arrested four months later in Westminster.

He was working at the Friends of the Library used book sale when he walked away. Authorities apprehended him in Westminster without incident.

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