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Braddock man charged with escape after failing to show at Somerset County Jail

April 2, 2019 GMT

A 47-year-old Braddock man has been charged with escape after failing to appear for a weekend sentence at the Somerset County Jail.

Somerset Borough police charged Charles Howard, Cherry Street, with third-degree felony escape Monday, after he failed to show up at the jail Friday for one of several weekend stays.

Howard was sentenced March 25 to 30 days to 23 months in jail by Somerset County President Judge D. Gregory Geary. He was allowed to serve the sentence over 15 weekends.

The sentence came from a March 3, 2013, incident in which Howard damaged an employee’s vehicle and used a company credit card to purchase personal items. He was working for an Addison company at the time.

The unique sentence was handed down so that Howard could run a business out of his Pittsburgh-area home.

Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser said that she can remember only one other time in eight years when a similar sentence was issued.

She said it was disappointing that Howard failed to appear at the jail. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

“He’ll have to do his 30 days and then go through the parole process,” she said. “And now he’ll have to answer to the escape charge.”

She said the latest charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years behind bars.

“He has a pretty decent prior record, so he could be looking at state time by this point,” she said.

An online court document for the latest charge did not list an attorney for Howard Monday evening.