CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - The attorney for an inmate who escaped in June says his client planned the escape because his original sentence was unfair.
Clancy D. Starling was captured nearly 10 days after he escaped from a Chesapeake jail on June 11. Four inmates were arrested and charged with aiding Starling in his escape.
At Thursday's hearing, Starling was sentenced to seven years in prison for the escape on top of the 17 years he was already serving. He has 24 years left to serve.
After the hearing, his attorney told WAVY.com Starling planned the escape because he was given a long sentence he didn't think he deserved.
"He became impatient," Stephen Givando said. "He knew he had the ability to escape if the opportunity presented itself. He feels badly. In truth, he wanted the same things all of us want, which is a chance to spend time with his family, do what he wanted to do and not what his jailers told him to do."
Starling was originally sentenced on a probation violation that included two counts of burglary and two counts of larceny. He had 15 years left to serve when he escaped.
He was also sentenced to two years for grand larceny stemming from charges in Virginia Beach.
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