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Man imprisoned for violent youth center escape, other crimes

February 11, 2020 GMT

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — One of two people who attacked a staff member before escaping the state’s Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney more than a year ago has been imprisoned.

Court records say Edward Gonzales, 18, was sentenced Friday to five to 10 years in prison for the escape assault and other crimes last year.

Gonzales have said Gonzales and Luke Cuello attacked a center employee on Feb. 24, 2019, when she was bringing Cuello medication he had requested. The two then freed two other teenagers and escaped.

Cuello eventually was convicted of felony robbery and strangulation and sentenced late last year to one to six years in prison.

Gonzales helped another teen assault a center employee on April 9. They took his keys, freed two other teens and then escaped, authorities said.

In August, the court records say, Gonzales and three other inmates assaulted another inmate at the Buffalo County Detention Center.