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NICI escapee gets 2-5 years; partner awaits sentencing

GRANGEVILLE – An escape from North Idaho Correctional Institution earned a 22-year-old Caldwell man a big time-out.

At his July 30 sentencing hearing, Caleb J. Thomas was ordered to serve a minimum of two years and a maximum of five on the felony conviction, as well as pay $245.50 in court costs. Thomas’ sentence will be served consecutively (in addition to) with time ordered on his prior felony convictions in Payette and Canyon counties on grand theft, first-degree arson and destroying/altering evidence charges that extend from 2017 to 2022.

Thomas’ companion in the 2014 escape from NICI, Ridge S. Dains of Boise, is set for sentencing on Sept. 28.

The pair was serving retained jurisdiction riders at NICI at Cottonwood when on Jan. 17, 2014, they escaped from the minimum security facility, and stole firearms, clothes and a vehicle during their flight, and fled north. Near Walla Walla on Jan. 20 they were recognized by a store clerk and subsequently apprehended

Thomas was represented by attorney Daren Fales. Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor handled the case, presided over by District Judge Gregory FitzMaurice.


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