Port Angeles man sentenced for escape after returning late from furlough

Cory Joe Stokes had been released from custody to attend the birth of his child in Seattle.

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man who returned from a two-day jail furlough one day late has been sentenced to 6½ months on a first-degree escape charge.

Cory Joe Stokes, 31, was sentenced Sept. 6 after being convicted by a jury in August, the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced.

Stokes, who had been serving a three-month sentence for identity theft, was released from custody at 2 p.m. March 15 to attend the birth of his child in Seattle, according to the affidavit for probable cause.

He was ordered to return by 2 p.m. March 17 and failed to do so, investigators said.

Clallam County Corrections Sgt. Don Wenzl asked Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Sarah Acker to seek a bench warrant at 7:40 a.m. March 18, court papers said.

Stokes appeared in the jail lobby to return from his furlough at 9:49 p.m. March 18, court papers said.

Stokes testified at trial that his ride had fallen through and that he did not have an alternative plan in place, Acker said in a news release.

A Clallam County jury convicted Stokes on Aug. 10 after a three-day trial.

Stokes had previous felony convictions of taking a motor vehicle and third-degree assault, giving him a standard sentencing range of 13 to 17 months in prison, Acker said in a news release.

Clallam County Superior Court Judge Erik Rohrer imposed a 6½-month jail sentence as an exceptional sentence below the standard range, Acker said.

Stokes is serving his sentence in the Clallam County jail.


Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com.

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