Inmate sentenced in Lansing prison escape

Allen Hurst
Allen Hurst

LANSING, Kan. (AP) – A man has been sentenced to 20 years for escaping from a Kansas prison and fleeing through Missouri as another escapee fired at pursuing officers.

Thirty-four-year-old Allen Hurst was sentenced Thursday in Platte County, Missouri after entering a guilty plea. Hurst, Scott Gilbert and Randy Ridens escaped in May 2013 from the Lansing Correctional Facility.

Hurst and Gilbert stole a pickup truck from a worker in Leavenworth and drove to Platte County, where officers began to pursue them. They were accused of attempting to kidnap the Edgerton, Missouri, mayor before barricading themselves inside an unoccupied residence.

They surrendered after several hours of negotiations, and Ridens was caught in Kansas. Gilbert was sentenced to 128 years in prison, while Ridens was sentenced to 10 years and two months in prison.