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Man gets 20 years for prison break, high-speed chase

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Hurst led several law enforcement officers on a pursuit heading northbound on I-29 with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. (Platte County Sheriff's Department) Hurst led several law enforcement officers on a pursuit heading northbound on I-29 with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. (Platte County Sheriff's Department)
PLATTE COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

The prison escapee who led police on a high-speed chase while another escapee fired shots at four law enforcement officers has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. 

Allen Hurst, 34, received the sentence Thursday following his guilty plea that same day.

“The good news is that no police officers were injured in apprehending these two dangerous escaped inmates.  But anyone who breaks out of prison, steals a truck, and then shoots at law enforcement officers deserves to go back to prison for a long time,” Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said.

Hurst admitted that he and Scott A. Gilbert, 52, escaped from the Lansing, KS Correctional Facility on May 10, 2013. They stole a black 1997 GMC pickup from a worker in Leavenworth and drove to Platte County. The truck was located via the victim’s iPhone using GPS technology.

A Platte City officer attempted to pull over the vehicle after it left a Platte City McDonald’s, but Hurst, who was driving the vehicle, refused to stop. Instead, Hurst led several law enforcement officers on a pursuit heading northbound on Interstate 29 with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

The chase later traveled through several rural highways in Platte County.

During the pursuit, Gilbert, the passenger, fired a shotgun multiple times and struck the vehicles of four different law enforcement officers.

Hurst and Gilbert eventually made it to rural Clinton County, where they entered and barricaded themselves in an unoccupied residence. Officers from multiple departments, including a tactical team, surrounded the house, and the pair eventually surrendered. 

“While this defendant never put his hands on the gun fired at law enforcement officers, he must be held responsible for his role as an accomplice in those assaults, Zahnd said. “The sentences handed down today are just, and he will soon be returned to Kansas to face additional charges related to his escape.”

Platte County Circuit Judge Thomas Fincham imposed 20-year sentences on each of four counts of assault of a law enforcement officer and 20 years on each of four counts of armed criminal action. 

Fincham also sentenced Hurst to seven years in prison for tampering with a motor vehicle and four years in prison for resisting arrest. Fincham ordered all the sentences to run concurrently.

Scott Gilbert, the shooter during the high-speed chase, was convicted on these counts following a two-week jury trial that occurred in November 2015. Platte County Judge Ann Hansbrough sentenced Gilbert to 128 years in prison.

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