Morton pleads guilty to felony escape, sentence to be served consecutively

John Morton (IDOC)SALEM — A 23-year-old Kell man pleaded guilty yesterday in Marion County court to felony escape.

John A. Morton was scheduled for a Thursday jury trial on the escape charge, but he requested a court conference

Wednesday to address a plea agreement.

Morton had been sentenced to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery to his infant son, causing the child permanent disability, and an additional 5 year consecutive sentence after he pleaded guilty to distributing synthetic drugs.

But before Morton began serving his 25 year sentence, Judge Mark Stedelin granted him a two week furlough, from which Morton did not return until spending months on the run from the law.

Stedelin has scheduled a February 22 sentencing date, following the completion of a pre-sentencing report. Morton could face an additional 2 to 10 years in prison, which would have to be served after completing his earlier sentence.