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Guilty plea in Hilo jailbreak, assault, car theft

Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Kona man is pleading guilty to his role in a jailbreak that involved attacking an unarmed corrections officer, stealing his keys and then driving off in a stolen car belonging to the facility's law librarian.

Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar pleaded guilty to escape, kidnapping, auto theft and other charges.

Prosecutors say Jeffries-Hamar and Jarvis Naoki Higa escaped from Hawaii Community Correctional Center in Hilo in 2012 by attacking the guard and stealing his keys to the facility. Court documents say Jeffries-Hamar demanded keys from the law librarian. Police say they dumped the librarian's car in a Hilo subdivision.

Higa was arrested two days later in a remote Kau community while Jeffries-Hamar was captured eight days later at a Hawaiian Beaches home. Higa is awaiting trial.

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