Scantily clad prisoner who escaped in 2012 pleads guilty

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

A Ky. State Reformatory prisoner who escaped in 2012 will serve 10 more years for the 10 hours he spent on the lam wearing only boxer shorts and socks.

Christopher Eric Claxton, now 33, fled just before 10 p.m. April 4, 2012 from Baptist Health La Grange.

While wearing only boxer shorts and socks, Claxton overpowered a corrections officer, Eboni S. Matthews and swiped her .38-caliber revolver before running to a wooded area nearby.

Claxton, a prisoner at KSR in La Grange, had been transported to the hospital after prison officials heard screaming and found Claxton in his cell laying face down in a pool of blood.

Officers said Claxton had written a note indicating his injuries were an attempt to end his life.

He arrived at the hospital by ambulance and medical personnel treated him for minor lacerations.

As Claxton was discharged from the hospital, Mathews removed his restraints in order for him to step into a prison-issued jumpsuit.

That’s when Claxton pushed the guard, swiped her weapon and, according to Mathews, said, “I’m not going back there,” as he left the building in his underwear.

KSR officials said they did not dress Claxton before transporting him to the hospital because his injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

La Grange Police Officer David Taylor and Kentucky State Trooper Kevin Johnson apprehended Claxton at 8 a.m. the next morning, thanks to a business owner’s report of suspicious activity at his warehouse.

Wayne Theiss, owner of Theiss Home Furnishings, noticed vandalism to a green Ford Ranger parked outside his warehouse on Button Lane.

Theiss said the passenger’s side window had been busted out, and a blanket was missing from the vehicle.

Theiss notified police, who located the blanket and apprehended Claxton nearby.

An Oldham County grand jury indicted Claxton in June 2012 for escape, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, assault of an officer and being a persistent felony offender.

Claxton recently accepted a plea agreement from the Commonwealth’s Attorney and pleaded guilty to all charges May 15.

Circuit Judge Karen Conrad sentenced Claxton to a total of 10 years.

His sentence runs consecutive to convictions in Pulaski, Adair, Russell and McCreary counties.

Claxton could be eligible for parole in 2030. He is housed at the Eastern Ky. Correctional Complex in Morgan County.

He had been incarcerated at KSR since 2007 on two counts of kidnapping, three counts robbery, four counts burglary, unlawful imprisonment, impersonating a peace officer, seven counts theft by unlawful taking and two counts possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

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