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Escaped inmate pleads guilty to firearm charge

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James Misleveck James Misleveck

MADISON, WI (WXOW)—One of the men who walked away from a Black River Falls Correctional Institute last summer pled guilty to possession of a fire arm in federal court on Wednesday.

James Newman faces a maximum of 10-years in prison and $250,000 fine.

The guilty plea will completely resolve all possible federal criminal violations in the Western District of Wisconsin.

Newman still faces state charges.

He will be sentenced in federal court on August 23.

Newman and James Misleveck kidnapped a woman in Black River Falls, held her hostage for hours before releasing her and fleeing to Florida.

In Hillsborough County, Florida, Newman and Misleveck robbed a convenience store and beat an elderly clerk.

They broke bones in the clerks face; his injuries were so extensive he had to be transported from a hospital near the convenience store to a hospital in Tampa.

The men were captured after a high speed chase in Broward County, Florida.

Police were called to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino after a report of a suspicious vehicle driving slowly through parking lots and ramps.  Officers eventually saw the car at a nearby gas station.  When they tried to stop the car, it sped off.  After a high speed chase, the two men, later identified as Newman and Misleveck, stopped the car in a residential area and ran.

Using K-9 units and a helicopter, Misleveck was arrested hiding in the backyard of a home.

 Newman was later found hiding in a tree.  Instead of surrendering, he jumped from the tree and ran.  He was caught by one of the K-9 dogs.  After treatment for his injuries, he was taken into custody.

In April, 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.

Before escaping prison, Newman was serving a three year sentence for firing a rifle at the home of a girlfriend, in 2009, in Brown County, and Misleveck was serving a three year sentence for burglary, arson and car theft in Juneau County, in 2011.

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