Man Gets 4 Years for Escape from Annapolis Holding Cell …

… He had overpowered guard and escaped into nearby Admiral Heights …

By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

8:26 PM EST, February 13, 2012

A man whose escape from a holding cell in the District Court building in Annapolis prompted a door-to-door manhunt pleaded guilty Monday to escape and burglary charges.

Bonrick Lee Barksdale, 25, was sentenced to four years in prison by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge William C. Mulford III, under a plea agreement. Part of the sentence will be concurrent with the 18-month sentence he’s already serving for probation violations, and part will be added. A former Annapolis and Glen Burnie resident, he also is facing attempted murder, kidnapping and related charges in North Carolina.

Barksdale was arrested in August on a fugitive warrant from North Carolina. After an Annapolis District Court judge denied him bail on Sept. 1, he was placed in a holding cell. He asked the Dunbar Security Co. guard for toilet paper, and when she gave it to him, he overpowered her and escaped.

He vanished into the Admiral Heights neighborhood, and at one point about a half-dozen police agencies were searching for Barksdale. He had hidden in a garage, according to prosecutors. The homeowner saw him jump from the rafters close to midnight. Police apprehended him nearby.

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