LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and prison sentence of a one-time inmate at a Kentucky jail after concluding that escaping from the facility amounted to a violent crime.
A divided 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday found that 33-year-old Benji Antonio Stout posed a risk of using physical force against jailers when he walked away from the Lincoln County Detention Center in 2005. That escape served as the foundation for Stout's later guilty plea to a federal charge of possession of body armor by someone convicted of a violent crime.
Stout challenged the designation after pleading guilty in 2010 and appealed. Judge Edmund Sargus concluded that someone "will be prone to use force" while escaping.
Judge Bernice Bouie Donald said the decision lacked common sense.