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Convicted killer Witkowski admits kidnapping jail guard during escape attempt

Posted: Jan 18, 2018 4:46 PM Updated:
Jay Witkowski was sentenced for the murder of Evelynn Garcia Jay Witkowski was sentenced for the murder of Evelynn Garcia

(BILLINGS) Jay Witkowski, sentenced to prison for the murder of Evelyn Garcia of Glasgow in 2016, admitted this week that he kidnapped a guard during an attempted escape while he was in the Valley County Detention Center.

Witkowski pleaded guilty earlier this week to one count of felony aggravated kidnapping.

Under the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence of 40 years to run consecutively with the 80-year prison sentence Witkowski received for the murder of Garcia.

Witkowski admitted that in August, he and another inmate at the jail overpowered a detention center officer and stole her keys.

Witkowski and his alleged accomplice attempted to break out of the jail but couldn’t get through the secure zone. Officers responded and detained the men, who had barricaded themselves in the jail for about 20 minutes.

Charges of attempted escape, intimidation, triggering an alarm, and mischief will all be dismissed as part of Witkowski’s plea agreement.

Witkowski has been serving out the first few months of his sentence for murder at the jail as prosecutors worked through this latest round of charges. If the judge accepts the prosecutor’s recommendation, Witkowski faces a 120-year prison sentence.

Witkowski admitted that on New Year’s Eve of 2016 he stabbed and ran over Garcia, leaving her to die. She was found by a passerby who spotted her lying in the road.

Garcia died three days later in the hospital.

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