A 27-year-old who helped two fellow inmates escape from prison in a laundry cart got three to four years in prison for it Tuesday.

Brandon D. Williams pleaded no contest to escape for helping Timothy Clausen and Armon Dixon flee the Lincoln Correctional Center on June 10, 2016.

Prosecutors say Williams, who is serving 10 to 15 years on a robbery charge out of Douglas County, was promised $10,000 in exchange.

In an affidavit for Williams' arrest, a Nebraska State Patrol investigator said prison staff identified Williams as the inmate who put blankets over the laundry cart in which Clausen and Dixon were hiding before rolling the cart onto a laundry truck.

Police caught Dixon the next day when he popped out of a manhole in northeast Lincoln, and Clausen on June 15, 2016, at an apartment in Omaha.

In court Tuesday, Lancaster County District Judge Andrew Jacobsen said he believed Williams when he said he was remorseful about what he did.

But when a person aids and abets, people such as Dixon and Clausen get out of prison, "where obviously they belong," the odds are great they are going to cause violence, Jacobsen said.

 

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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