A 52-year-old prison escapee has been sentenced to 128 years in prison for leading authorities on a high-speed chase, barricading himself in a home near Smithville and firing shots at law enforcement officers in May 2013.
Scott A. Gilbert was convicted in November of 10 felonies, including firing at a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest, prosecutors announced. A Platte County jury acquitted Gilbert of attempted kidnapping and armed criminal action.
Gilbert and two other men escaped from the Lansing Correctional Facility early May 10, 2013.
According to court documents, the events unfolded that morning after a Platte City police officer saw a stolen vehicle leaving the McDonald’s at 2001 N.W. Prairie View Road in Kansas City, North. The officer tried to pull over the vehicle, but the occupants — Gilbert and accomplice Allen M. Hurst — refused to stop.
The officer and Platte County sheriff’s deputies followed. At one point, Gilbert shot at the deputies, who did not return fire.
After their vehicle became stuck on a retaining wall, Gilbert and Hurst fled into a residence in the 9000 block of Route Z. They broke a patio door window to get inside. No one was in it or neighboring houses.
Law enforcement from multiple agencies surrounded the house. The men surrendered six hours later.
Hurst is scheduled to go on trial in June.
Gilbert was convicted in 2010 in Sedgwick County, Kan., of burglary and theft. He also served time for convictions dating to 1998 in several other counties in Kansas, according to court records.