Attempted jail escapee sentenced to state prison

A Warren County Jail inmate got his request during sentencing court Friday before Judge Gregory Hammond.

James R. Sorenson, 31, was sentenced to a total of between one and four years in a state correctional facility for two separate escape incidents after requesting a state sentence.

In one incident, Sorenson walked away from a work release detail in October.

In the other incident, Sorenson, along with Daniel Morehead and Christian Vail, were charged with attempting to dig out grout around the blocks of the wall at the Warren County Jail to create a hole for escape. The trio’s attempt was discovered on New Year’s Day.

Sorenson was incarcerated for failure to make required payments on existing fines and costs.

Hammond sentenced Sorenson to between four and 24 months incarceration in a state correctional facility and to pay $875 in fines and costs for a count of escape.

For a count of criminal conspiracy (possessing implements for escape), Sorenson was sentenced to between eight and 24 months incarceration in a state correctional facility and to pay $1,450 in fines and costs.

Both sentences are to be served consecutively. Sorenson’s current incarceration is transferred to a state facility.