Most wanted man who escaped jail gets maximum sentence

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The following news release was sent by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

PHOENIX - Terrence Washington (DOB 11/23/74) will be spending the next 15 years in an Arizona prison after pleading guilty to auto theft and identity theft.

County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Washington was sentenced on January 20, 2009 by Judge Arthur Anderson. The defendant was featured on America's Most Wanted.

He broke out of prison in Louisiana in 2003, and he escaped police custody in Nashville in 2008. Washington is accused of a series of crimes in Missouri, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee and Louisiana.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Washington was hiding out in Phoenix after stealing a car in New Mexico. On July 30, 2008 the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force found Washington at a motel in Phoenix along with 30 to 40 stolen items.

He was indicted in September of 2008 and on December 19, 2008 he pled guilty to Theft of Means of Transportation with two prior felony convictions; and Aggravated Taking the Identity of Another, with two prior felony convictions.

Judge Anderson gave Washington the maximum sentence of 15 years.

Thomas stated, "This defendant will have plenty of time to cool his heels in prison after so many years fleeing the law."