St. Joseph County, Ind. An inmate who escaped during a court appearance at the St. Joseph County Courthouse, back in April, has learned just how long he will spend behind bars.
Timothy Patterson was at the courthouse when he fled from transportation deputies. He was being held on charges of domestic battery and operating while intoxicated.
Patterson ran up the stairs and out of the courthouse through the emergency exit, and was captured by officers a few minutes later in a parking garage at the corner of Main and Wayne Streets.
He was sentenced to six years, but will get credit for the 118 days he has already served.
According to Lieutenant Matt Blank, inmates being taken to court are normally required to wear waist chains and shackles around their ankles. But because of an injury, Patterson's ankles weren't restrained.