LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - By Jena Johnson - email
LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A Livingston man who escaped jail pleaded guilty to committing five separate crimes, essentially meaning he is sentenced to spend the next 15 years in prison.
Daniel Lee Falls, 26, pleaded guilty to escaping from jail (10 years), bond jumping (eight years), engaging in organized criminal activity (15 years), felon in possession of a firearm (eight years) and theft of a tractor (18 months). All sentences will be served concurrently.
"A plea bargain is better than trying five cases," said Joe Martin, the state's prosecuting attorney. "Time will tell whether Daniel takes a start and learns something from it or uses it as a launching for a career criminal."
Falls escaped the Polk County Jail in May and authorities spent two weeks searching for him before arresting him La Porte in June.
According to Martin, the Polk County Sheriff's Office spent roughly $19,000 to track down Falls. He said that doesn't include the money spent getting help from multiple outside law enforcement agencies.