Inmate sentenced for escape incident

A Bowden Institution inmate who walked away from the minimum-security annex in April had another four months tacked on to his sentence on Wednesday.

A Bowden Institution inmate who walked away from the minimum-security annex in April had another four months tacked on to his sentence on Wednesday.

Dean McClelland, 46, had one year left to serve on a 5 1/2-year sentence for arson, mischief and criminal harassment when he bolted from the annex on April 26 sometime shortly after 8:15 p.m. The additional four months will be added on to the end of that sentence.

Calgary police nabbed him at a residence there two days later. He apparently left prison to visit his family.

McClelland later pleaded guilty to charges of escaping lawful custody and being unlawfully at large.

In sentencing, Red Deer provincial court Judge David Plosz stayed the unlawfully at large charge, explaining it amounted to being charged twice for the same offence since the charge was laid at the same time as the escaping lawful custody charge.

Plosz said the maximum sentence was six months and noted that McClelland had prepared for his escape by stockpiling money and food.

Defence lawyer Patty MacNaughton had argued against her client being convicted on both charges despite the previous guilty pleas.

Bowden Institution is a medium-security prison with about 500 inmates.

The minimum-security annex has about 70 inmates who are not considered to pose any threat.

The annex has no perimeter walls or fences.

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