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Federal inmate gets 20 years in state court

Darrell Joseph is already serving a 30-year federal prison sentence for kidnapping a 1-year-old boy. The 20-year sentence he got Tuesday for escaping from the Muscogee County Jail won't increase that time.

Joseph, 24, admitted to assaulting and punching a correctional officer and taking his uniform, wallet and keys Oct. 5, 2005, as he and two others escaped from the jail. He pleaded guilty before Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Robert Johnston III to resisting an officer of the law in a penal institution, escape, armed robbery and aggravated assault on a correctional officer and received the maximum sentences on all counts.

That 20-year sentence, however, will run at the same time as a 30-year federal sentence he got May 30 from U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land.

"We asked for the maximum on all these counts," said Assistant District Attorney Michael Craig.

Joseph admitted in September 2007 to helping kidnap Davion Montez Peterson on May 19, 2005. He, Riviere Marshall and Rodney Riggins were accused of breaking into the Dalewood Drive home of Daphne Wilson and Demetrice Peterson.

The masked and armed men took Wilson's 1-year-old, telling her they wanted $80,000 in return, police said. Once alerted, authorities monitored several Columbus and Phenix City homes throughout the day and a designated drop spot for the child. Around 6:30 p.m., officers saw the child crawling on the ground. The suspects were arrested shortly afterward.

Tuesday's plea stems from Joseph's October 2005 escape from the jail, where he was held for the kidnapping. Accused of escaping along with two other men, he was arrested after authorities chased him into a vacant house on Veterans Parkway.

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