Inmate who escaped from jail — allegedly with deputy’s help — sentenced

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DENVER — A criminal who escaped from jail — allegedly with the help of a Denver deputy — pleaded guilty Monday to robbery and escape charges.

Felix Trujillo, who slipped out of the Downtown Detention Center in April while wearing a deputy’s hat and coat, was sentenced to 10 years for the escape and 24 years for a 2012 home-invasion robbery. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Deputy Matthew Andrews, 36, has been charged with aiding the escape of Trujillo, 24. Andrews allegedly drove Trujillo to 84th Avenue and Washington Street in Thornton, where the inmate fled in another car. Trujillo later turned himself in.

Andrews has said someone threatened to kill his family if he didn’t cooperate with the escape. But prosecutors argued Monday that Andrews was offered money to help. Andrews is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 19.

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