Calvin Weatherford

NAPOLEONVILLE — A Pierre Part man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two home burglaries last year and an escape from the Assumption Parish jail in July, prosecutors said Monday. 

Calvin Weatherford Jr., 32, then an in-house jail trusty, was working a laundry detail at the parish Detention Center near Napoleonville in the early morning hours of July 12 when he scaled a 7-foot security fence topped with razor wire and fled in a stolen SUV, deputies have said.

Authorities surrounded him a day later at his dad's home in Jarreau in Pointe Coupee Parish but they still had to pull him out of Bayou Chanel after he fled his father's mobile home and hid in the bayou, Assumption sheriff's deputies said at the time.

At the time of his escape, Weatherford, 932 Bayou Drive, Pierre Part, had been in the parish jail on simple burglary counts after being arrested in late 2016 over two home burglaries five days apart.

In the latter of the two, the homeowners arrived while Weatherford was still inside, and he tried to hold the front door closed to keep them from getting inside, prosecutors with the 23rd Judicial District said in a news release.

The homeowners forced their way in, got in a scuffle with Weatherford, but he was able to escape. He left his baseball cap behind and made statements on his way out. Those statements and DNA taken from the hat helped identify the burglar as Weatherford who fled from the home on Nov. 1, 2016, prosecutors said.

In the agreement, Weatherford pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Jason Verdigets of the 23rd Judicial District, to two counts of burglary and one count of simple escape Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Following the terms of that agreement, Verdigets sentenced Weatherford  to 10 years for each burglary and another five on the escape count. The burglary counts will run concurrent with each other but consecutive with the escape count, prosecutors said.

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