SC man who escaped NC jail gets life sentence

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina man who escaped from a North Carolina jail has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to charges in a crime spree.

Multiple media outlets reported that 52-year-old Dennis Paul Elliott of Spartanburg was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to 55 charges. Those included 10 counts of first-degree burglary, 9 counts of second-degree burglary and 17 counts of grand larceny.

Police say those crimes occurred last year in Spartanburg County.

Police say Elliott had walked away from work duty while serving a 90-day sentence at the Polk County, N.C., jail in January. Police say he carjacked a Columbus, N.C., woman and led police on a chase in Spartanburg County.

Elliott says the crimes were fueled by an addiction to cocaine. He apologized as he was sentenced.

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