Provo Fugitive Pleads Guilty

Fugitive Captured

On February 2, 2011, Wade Willis was arrested by Springville police in connection with a federal warrant for a probation violation. Once in custody police stated that Willis began acting as if he were “having some type of seizure.” Willis was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center where some testing was done as a result of the seizure. While at the hospital Willis was allowed to use a bathroom alone and he was able to escape through some ceiling tiles. The next day Willis was apprehended in Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, that was Willis’ second escape from Springville police. In 1998 Willis was able to pry open a patrol car window and flee on foot after stealing a 12-pack of beer.

Guilty Plea

Earlier this month Willis pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a felony of possession of a firearm. Willis will face sentencing on August 16th and could get up to 10 years in prison. His previous record and the fact that he escaped, will obviously increase the likelihood that he gets a maximum sentence.

Don’t Run | Get an Attorney

Even though it’s dramatized in movies and on t.v., running from the police is never a good idea. Like Willis, those who run will eventually be caught and then there will be more charges or increased penalties. The right thing to do once you’ve been arrested is to cooperate with police, don’t incriminate yourself, and then get an attorney. A Provo criminal defense attorney can help get your charges reduced or your case dismissed depending on the circumstances. If you are facing criminal charges call the attorneys at Provo Criminal Defense to see what we can do for you.

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