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Bank robber gets more prison time for walking away from halfway house

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 13. 2018 11:49PM

CONCORD — A heavily-tattooed Nashua man will have 14 months in prison added on to his existing sentence for escaping from a Manchester halfway house last summer.

Eric Judkins, 34, of Nashua, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Concord to serve an additional 14 months in federal prison for escaping from the Hampshire House Residential Reentry Center in Manchester, said acting United States Attorney John J. Farley.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Judkins received a 210-month federal prison sentence in 2000 for a bank robbery in New Hampshire. Judkins was convicted of robbing — along with Daryl B. Gomez, also of Nashua — a Gateway Credit Union on Windhave Drive in Hudson in 1999. The pair showed no weapons, injured no one and made off with about $22,000. The pair were later arrested at the Overlook Motel in Eagle Lake, Maine.

While serving the bank robbery sentence in a federal prison in Pennsylvania, Judkins pleaded guilty to assaulting an inmate and received an additional 27-month prison sentence.

On June 13, 2017, Judkins was transferred from a federal prison in Kentucky to the Hampshire House, with an expected release date of April 8, 2018. With permission from the Hampshire House staff, Judkins left the facility on August 28, 2017, and was required to return before 4:30 p.m. He failed to return as required.

On August 31, 2017, Judkins was arrested in Howard, Pa., after information from the public led authorities to focus their search there. He was found in the company of another fugitive, Quintin Titus, 22, who was arrested on a probation violation, stemming from an original conviction for theft.

Judkins pled guilty to escaping from the Hampshire House on Nov. 3, 2017.

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