A Marthaville man accepted a plea deal Thursday in which most charges stemming from his 2018 escape from a Rapides Parish prisoner work facility were dropped.
Brandon Wade Clark, 36, was sentenced to five years at hard labor both on a lesser felony charge of simple burglary and felony aggravated flight from an officer. The sentences, designated as crimes of violence, will be served concurrently, and Clark gets credit for time he’s already served.
Clark had rejected a plea deal last year that would have sent him to prison for 25 years.
In March 2018, Clark escaped from the Rapides Parish Detention Center #2, which is off Coliseum Boulevard in Alexandria. He broke into a vehicle at a nearby business, took a screwdriver and then used it to force an employee to take him to a part of the business where he took the keys to a truck.
Louisiana State Police began to chase him near Airbase and Old Boyce roads, and he crashed the truck in a field later after driving over some spike strips. He eluded capture and was spotted the next day in the Lena area.
He was captured not long after that.
Both the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office and state police arrested Clark on multiple charges. He was formally charged with multiple felonies — aggravated escape, carjacking, armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated flight from an officer, simple criminal damage between $1,000 and $50,000, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two counts of simple burglary and two counts of aggravated burglary.
He also faced misdemeanor charges of hit and run, trespassing, resisting an officer, simple criminal damage less than $100 and reckless operation.
The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office changed the armed robbery charge to simple robbery before Clark changed his plea on Thursday.
The court recommended Clark be made eligible for several rehabilitation programs while incarcerated.