Oklahoma Prison Escapee Pleads Guilty To Federal Assault Charge


Thursday, May 5th 2016, 11:06 am
By: News On 6


A man arrested for escaping from McAlester prison in 2015 pleaded guilty this week in federal court for trying to hit a U.S. Marshal during a police chase.  

Ronald Thomas, 38, escaped in June 2015.  After tracking him to Sapulpa the next day, local, state and federal law enforcement chased a pickup he was driving.  

The U.S. Attorney for Northern District of Oklahoma, Danny Williams says during that chase, Thomas drove at a federal marshal with his truck before eventually getting away.

Several days later, he was arrested in Sand Springs after another police chase.

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“Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day they go to work in order to keep the public safe. The safety of those officers is a paramount concern to the United States Attorney’s Office,” Danny Williams said.

Ronald Thomas was serving a 20-year sentence out of Washington County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle at the time of his escape. 

He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 13.