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Prison escapee sentenced on gun charge

James Newman, left, and James Misleveck, right, following their capture in Florida in 2012 James Newman, left, and James Misleveck, right, following their capture in Florida in 2012

MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - One of the men who escaped from a Black River Falls prison camp last July is sentenced for unlawfully possessing a gun.

19-year-old James Misleveck received a 15 year sentence Wednesday in federal court in Madison, according to U.S. Attorney John Vandreuil. The sentence came after Misleveck pleaded guilty in January to the charge of unlawfully possessing a shotgun as a convicted felon.

Under federal law, Misleveck faced a minimum of15 years because he's had three prior violent felony convictions, which classifies him as an armed career criminal.

Misleveck escaped from the Black River Falls Correctional Camp on July 18, 2012, with fellow inmate James Newman.  After stealing a vehicle and a shotgun, they kidnapped a woman, then held her hostage for several hours before releasing her.

The pair eluded local law enforcement officers and made their way to Florida, where they were eventually captured in Broward County.  While in Florida, they committed several other crimes including robbing and beating a convenience store clerk.

According to Vandreuil, Newman is on his way back to Wisconsin from Florida for criminal proceedings here.


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