William M. Gauze, 19, was sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison when he appeared before Judge Fred W. Crow III. He was sentenced to 18 months on the receiving charge and five years for escape. Crow ordered the sentences be imposed consecutively.
Gauze still faces charges of escape and failure to appear for his escape in June from the county sheriff’s custody. He was returned to Meigs County on Wednesday for an arraignment on those charges, contained in an indictment returned against him earlier this month.
A personal recognizance bond was ordered, since he is now in the Ohio prison system. His trial on those charges was scheduled for Sept. 10.
According to Sheriff Robert Beegle, Gauze was under suicide watch in the Meigs County Jail and escaped the evening of June 24. He barricaded himself into a room at the Lowe Hotel in downtown Point Pleasant with two pistols and threatened to shoot himself, but was later recaptured after the hotel was surrounded by police.
Gauze escaped from custody in May, and was sentenced on an indictment on that charge. He had originally been charged with receiving stolen property, and failed to appear. He was apprehended in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with a stolen car.
As a part of the sentence on his first felony indictment, Gauze was also ordered to pay restitution to Cook Motors of Gallipolis, Ohio.