Inmate gets 6 months for escaping custody at reentry center

January 16, 2020 GMT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal inmate who fled a Waterloo residential reentry center as he neared the end of his prison time was sentenced Thursday to six more months in prison, prosecutors said.

Franklin Foster, 27, had pleaded guilty in October to escaping from custody. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.

Foster’s criminal record includes convictions for theft and attempted burglary, and prosecutors said his first federal sentence was handed down in September 2014, after he plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 71 months in prison.

Last June Foster was serving the final few days of his sentence at the residential reentry center. He left and didn’t return after being told he was going to be punished for violating some rules, prosecutors said. He was arrested eight days later.