Man who escaped Newport News jail sentenced to nearly 6 years


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A man who escaped Newport News City Jail last year will serve nearly six years for several charges.

Daniel Panton escaped the booking are of the jail in September 2016, after being arrested for charges of shoplifting and possession of burglary tools. Jail officials say Panton later called police to turn himself in.

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Court records show Panton had all two years suspended from an escape custody charge, five years suspended for a grand larceny charge, and nine years and one month suspended from a robbery charge.

Penton got three years for use of a firearm in a felony and two years for felon in possession of a firearm.

This leaves Panton with 5 years and 11 months left to serve.Note: An original version of this story listed Panton’s sentence as 10 years and 11 months. Panton’s grand larceny charged was suspended, which leaves him with five years and 11 months to serve. 

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