NESS CITY – A former Ness City man was sentenced yesterday to an additional 151 months in prison after pleading guilty to escape from custody and two counts of aggravated burglary, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Benito Cardenas, Jr., 38, was awaiting sentencing on two Jessica’s Law convictions when he escaped from the Ness County jail in August 2012. Cardenas was later apprehended in Trego County. Cardenas is currently serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for 25 years for the Jessica’s Law convictions. Today’s sentences will run consecutive to his prior sentence.
Judge Glenn Braun sentenced Cardenas to 130 months in prison for aggravated burglary in Trego County District Court. Judge Bruce T. Gatterman sentenced Cardenas to an additional 21 months for aggravated escape from custody in Ness County District Court. Cardenas pleaded guilty to the charges in August 2013.
The charges were investigated by the Ness County Sheriff’s Office, Trego County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorneys General Kristiane Bryant and Dennis Jones of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the cases.