Judge sentences Edinburgh man to eight years in prison for escape

The Edinburgh man who prompted a city-wide emergency notification after escaping from police a year ago has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

That’s six months short of the maximum sentence Bartholomew Superior Court 1 Judge Jim Worton could have imposed for Dustin A. Evans for his 17th adult criminal conviction.

It took a 12-person jury one hour to find the 27-year-old defendant guilty of escape and unlawful possession of a syringe on Oct. 4.

During this week’s sentencing, Evans blamed his actions on a drug addiction and asked the judge for leniency to avoid a financial hardship on his fiance and four children, who reside in Franklin.

“I feel for the children and your fiance, but the hardship was created by the actions of the defendant – and nobody else,” Worton said.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.