Jerome Taylor said he walked away from a work detail at the Maryland Correctional Training Center in June to speak with his wife — a conversation that will cost him another 2 1/2 years in prison.
Taylor, 36, pleaded guilty to first-degree escape Thursday and was sentenced to the additional prison time by Judge Donald E. Beachley.
"Mr. Taylor did this because there was something going on, and he wanted to talk to his wife," Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden told Beachley.
Taylor told the judge that he did meet with his wife, but also notified the U.S. Marshals Service of his whereabouts and turned himself in.
Because Taylor was a walkoff, escaping from a grounds maintenance detail, it was treated differently than if he had escaped from within the prison, Creeden said.
"In terms of resources, they don't get the helicopters, dogs and state police" involved in a search for walkoff, Creeden said.
Taylor was serving a five-year sentence for firearms violations and filing a false police report, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said at the time of his June 13 escape.
He was picked up near the medium security prison by a female acquaintance who drove him to Baltimore, where he was taken back into custody on June 14, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson told Beachley.
Wilson said the prosecution was asking for 3 1/2 years consecutive to Taylor's current sentence.
Creeden asked for a shorter sentence, telling Beachley that Taylor did not commit any additional crimes during his one-day escape and turned himself in.
At the time of his escape, Taylor was scheduled for release in April 2014, Creeden said.