Two men who had escaped from a Utah jail have been sentenced to prison in Nebraska.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 31-year-old Dallas Derrick, originally from Benson, and 21-year-old Jason Braham had pleaded no contest and were convicted of theft. They were sentenced on Wednesday in Lancaster County District Court to 20 to 24 months in prison.
Derrick and Braham were arrested on Sept. 23 after the vehicle they were using stalled. A sheriff’s deputy later determined the car had been stolen from a Lincoln apartment complex and that the two men were being sought by Utah authorities.
The two are accused of stealing a sport utility vehicle in Vernal, Utah, after they fled the jail through a laundry room vent.
They’ll return to Utah after serving their Nebraska sentences.
Derrick has a history of fleeing police custody and run-ins with the law, including in Cache County. Derrick was arrested for child abuse in December 2008 when he was seen walking out of a field near ICON at 1000 West 1700 North carrying a 3-year-old girl. The girl was bleeding from the nose and mouth, was unresponsive and was not dressed for the cold. The two had apparently been walking from Benson to Logan.
Derrick was arrested and the child, a daughter of his girlfriend, was transported to Primary Children’s Hospital for treatment.