Larch inmate who yearned for freedom gets longer sentence

first_imgA 29-year-old inmate was sentenced Wednesday to an additional four years and four months in prison for escaping May 18 from Larch Corrections Center, about five miles east of Hockinson.David D. McElroy pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree escape in exchange for a reduced charge. He was initially charged with first-degree escape, which carries an up to seven-year sentence.“He has a pretty lengthy sentence …, plus he already had a lengthy sentence he needed to complete,” said Vancouver attorney Mary Arden. “It’s unfortunate.”McElroy had been in prison since Christmas Eve 2011 for two counts of burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle, stolen property and methamphetamine. He was scheduled to be released Nov. 1, 2016. He’s now scheduled for release in February 2021.McElroy apparently climbed on top of a garbage can to scale a nearly 10-foot fence at Larch. He used towels and a pillow to shield himself from the fence’s razor wire at the top. He made it about 18 miles through the Yacolt Burn State Forest before he was spotted.last_img

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