Federal inmate pleads guilty to escape charge

NASHUA – A former Nashua resident, pled guilty in federal court to an escape charge, acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley announced Friday.

Eric Judkins, 34, received a 210-month federal prison sentence in 2000 for a bank robbery he committed in New Hampshire, according to court documents.

While serving his sentence in a Pennsylvania federal prison, an additional 27-month prison sentence was added after he pled guilty to assaulting an inmate.

On June 13, Judkins was transferred from a

federal prison in Kentucky to the Hampshire House Residential Re-entry Center in Manchester, where he had an expected release date of April 8, 2018.

After receiving permission from the Hampshire House staff, Judkins left the facility on Aug. 28, and was required to be back before 4:30 p.m. Officials said he never returned as required.

According to police, days later, on Aug. 31, he was arrested by Deputy U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement officers in Howard, Pa.

Judkins will be sentenced on Feb. 13, officials said.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Kinsella.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.