Two men accused of helping Chesapeake inmate escape plead guilty

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Posted on October 19, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 19 at 9:23 AM

CHESAPEAKE -- Two inmates accused of helping a fellow inmate escape from Chesapeake Correctional Facility could get five more years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday.

Thomas Evans, Travis Christian, and Michael Darnell are accused of helping Clancy Starling escape last June.

Evans and Christian pleaded guilty Thursday to their roles in Starling's escape.

They could get up to five more years when they're sentenced in January.

The escape went unnoticed for 15 hours.

It took authorities nine days to track Starling down in Richmond.

The jail fired two deputies and discplined three others in connection with the escape.

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