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Man who escaped from City Court in cuffs pleads guilty

A Buffalo man, accused of walking out of the Buffalo City Court basement in handcuffs last month after a court appearance on a burglary charge, pleaded guilty to second-degree escape Friday in Erie County Court.

Thomas J. Walsh, 29, faces up to four years in prison at sentencing April 2 before Judge Michael F. Pietruszka who remanded him to the Erie County Holding Center without bail.

Prosecutors said Walsh walked out of the basement where construction work was going on after he was arraigned Dec. 16 in connection with a break-in at his former girlfriend’s home.

He was with other defendants as they were being taken to the Holding Center when he fell out of line, stood near some construction workers, then followed a car out of the basement, prosecutors said.

A search order was sent out when Walsh failed to show up for processing at the Holding Center. The suspect, who has relatives in the Orchard Park area, turned himself in the next day at the Orchard Park Police Department.

The second-degree burglary charge is still pending, prosecutors said.