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Denecho King sentenced to 18 months for escaping NSCC

The man who escaped Yellowknife’s North Slave Correctional Centre this summer was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for being unlawfully at large.

Denecho King managed to exploit ‘pre-existing gaps’ at the city’s jail when he broke out of the facility on Aug. 10. His escape sparked a three-day manhunt that ended with his arrest at a residence in Sissons Court on Aug. 13.

King, who’s also facing charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder, pleaded guilty to being unlawfully at large in a Yellowknife courtroom last week.

The other charges stem from a December 2014 incident that left one man dead and another seriously injured.

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King is accused of killing John Wifladt and seriously injuring Colin Digness in an apartment at Sunridge Place on 51A Avenue.

Both men were found seriously injured in the early hours of Dec. 14. Wifladt later died of his injuries in hospital while Digness was medevaced to Edmonton for further treatment.

King was arrested five months after the attack. He was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder in May 2015.

Last week, a judge determined there is enough evidence for him to stand trial on the charges related to that attack.

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