A judge sentenced on Monday a Washington man who escaped from a Marshall County jail to more than 27 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and other charges.
Jeffery Scott Guenther, 48, was sentenced to serve 327 months at the Kansas Department of Corrections, according to the Kansas Attorney General’s office.
The crimes stem from when Guenther escaped from the Marysville jail in October 2017, along with fellow inmate Matson Zane Hatfield, 31, Marysville.
Marysville is about 60 miles north of Manhattan.
A Kansas Bureau of Investigation release said the two men started a fire in a jail cell, causing smoke to fill the jail. Hatfield and Guenther made their way out of the building, stole two guns and ran to the sheriff’s office parking lot.
The KBI said Guenther stole a county employee’s truck at gunpoint and he and a Marysville police officer exchanged gunfire. Guenther was arrested after he crashed on Highway 77 in Nebraska.
Hatfield ran to a nearby home, shot at a man in front of the house and later surrendered to police.
No injuries were reported during or after the incident.
In February, Guenther pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first degree murder, two counts of attempted second degree murder, one count of aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated arson, one count of aggravated escape from custody, one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated escape from custody, two counts of criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling, one count of criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied building, one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, one count of criminal damage to property and one count of criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Hatfield was sentenced to more than 47 years in prison for related charges in November.