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Jail escapee gets 18-year prison term




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A former Wilson County Jail trusty who escaped that facility and fled in a stolen vehicle is headed to a state prison, after being sentenced Jan. 13 by 81st Judicial District Judge Donna Rayes.

Jordan Robert Lewis, 30, of San Antonio will serve concurrent 18-year sentences for escape and evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle. He also was given a 20-month prison term for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Lewis earlier had pled guilty to all three counts related to the March 3, 2012, incident.

According to court documents, Lewis was in custody on an unrelated burglary charge. He was one of two trusties to accompany corrections officer and jail cook Marlene Smith on two trips to carry kitchen trash to a dumpster. Smith reported that when she lifted the lid on a trash can in the corner of the Wilson County Criminal Justice Center’s sally port at approximately 10:08 a.m., Lewis ran across the driveway toward the shop, removed his shirts, and continued to flee across a field toward the rear of the Casa Solana convenience store and Shell gas station on Standish Street.

Once at the station, court documents reveal that Lewis carjacked then-72-year-old Carolyn Orth of Floresville while reportedly brandishing a kitchen knife. He then drove away in Orth’s 2008 Ford Edge.

The jail was placed on lockdown as Lewis led sheriff’s deputies and other area law-enforcement officers on a pursuit that terminated on I-37 in Atascosa County. There, Lewis crashed into a guardrail and fled the sport-utility vehicle as it burst into flames. Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol took him into custody, but the knife never was found.

Also among the court documents were letters Lewis wrote while in custody, many of them indicating that he was distraught over marital trouble and because his parents would not post bail. One letter, addressed only to “who ever it concerns,” was written March 2 and spells out Lewis’ plans to escape and not be captured alive.

Court records indicate that Lewis is set to return to Wilson County District Court March 12 on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and aggravated kidnapping related to the incident. Trial also is pending on an earlier, unrelated burglary charge.

As for Orth, the Wilson County Commissioners Court voted on July 23, 2012, to pay her $6,000 for pain and suffering. At that meeting, then-County Attorney Russell Wilson said the county was not responsible for property damage that resulted from the incident.
 

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