Mug shots of Newman and Misleveck after their arrest in Broward County, Florida in July, 2012.
MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - One of two men who escaped from a Black River Falls prison camp then went on a cross country crime spree before being recaptured, is sentenced to spend the next decade behind bars.
30-year-old James Newman of Black River Falls, received the maximum sentence possible, ten years, for unlawfully possessing a stolen shotgun as a convicted felon.
Newman had pleaded guilty to the charge in late June.
In July, 2012, Newman and his co-defendant James Misleveck fled from the Black River Correctional Camp in Jackson County. After the escape, they stole a shotgun and abducted a woman near Black River Falls. She was released unharmed several hours later. The pair left the shotgun behind when they stole another vehicle.
The two then traveled to Florida where they committed several crimes including the robbing and beating of a convenience store clerk. They were eventually captured near Miami a week after their escape.
In April, Misleveck was sentenced to a mandatory minimum 15 year federal prison sentence as an armed career criminal with three previous violent felony convictions according to federal prosecutors.
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