Guilty Plea

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A January sentencing date is set for two men who escaped from a federal prison work camp in the southern Illinois city of Marion.

Thirty-seven-year-old Lawrence Barnett and 30-year-old Glen Walker entered guilty pleas this week to a felony charge of escape.

The two walked away from the minimum-security work camp last October and were arrested the same day about two miles from the prison.

Barnett was serving a seven-year sentence out of central Illinois for dealing crack cocaine. Walker was serving a 12-year sentence out of eastern Missouri for plotting to deal crack.

Both men now face up to five years in prison for the escape charges.

Federal law requires that the sentences imposed must run consecutively to the sentences the men were serving at the time of the escape.