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Man charged with escape goes back to jail

October 2, 2018

A former Somerset County Jail inmate who failed to return from work release after checking into an emergency room will be returning to the facility for two to 12 months after he was sentenced Monday for escape, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Chad Lewis Halle, 30, Johnstown, was supposed to return to the jail at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 26. Somerset Borough police were notified by the jail at 6:30 p.m. that Halle did not return from his work release job at Abilene Boot Co.

About four hours later police received a Facebook message stating Halle was at Somerset Hospital. He was discharged at 11:30 p.m. and taken into police custody.

Halle was in the Somerset County Jail on various misdemeanor and summary charges. In January he was sentenced to three to 12 months in jail in a retail theft case after having his probation revoked.

He told the court he used the additional jail time “wisely,” taking more counseling and parenting classes.

He pleaded guilty to escape Aug. 2. At the pleading, Halle was freed on an unsecured $50,000 bail, modified from $50,000 secured.

His latest sentence was within the standard range of the sentencing guidelines, said President Judge D. Gregory Geary.

Halle was ordered to pay the costs of prosecution and supervision and a $300 fine. He was paroled in his other cases so he could begin serving his sentence in the escape case Monday.

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