The prison escapee who led police on a high-speed chase while another escapee fired shots at four law enforcement officers has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Allen Hurst, 34, received the sentence on November 3 following his guilty plea that same day.

 Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said, “The good news is that no police officers were injured in apprehending these two dangerous escaped inmates.  But anyone who breaks out of prison, steals a truck, and then shoots at law enforcement officers deserves to go back to prison for a long time.”

 Hurst admitted that he and a co-defendant, Scott A. Gilbert, 52, escaped from the Lansing, KS Correctional Facility on May 10, 2013.  They stole a black 1997 GMC pickup from a worker in Leavenworth and drove to Platte County.  The truck was located via the victim’s iPhone using GPS technology.

 A Platte City officer attempted to pull over the vehicle after it left a Platte City McDonald’s, but Hurst, who was driving the vehicle, refused to stop.  Instead, Hurst led several law enforcement officers on a pursuit heading northbound on I-29 with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

 The chase later traveled through several rural highways in Platte County.  During the pursuit, Gilbert, the passenger, fired a shotgun multiple times and struck the vehicles of four different law enforcement officers. 

 Hurst and Gilbert eventually made it to rural Clinton County, where they entered and barricaded themselves in an unoccupied residence.  Officers from multiple departments, including a tactical team, surrounded the house, and the pair eventually surrendered. 

 Zahnd said, “While this defendant never put his hands on the gun fired at law enforcement officers, he must be held responsible for his role as an accomplice in those assaults.  The sentences handed down today are just, and he will soon be returned to Kansas to face additional charges related to his escape.”

 Platte County Circuit Judge Thomas Fincham imposed 20 year sentences on each of four counts of assault of a law enforcement officer and 20 years on each of four counts of armed criminal action.  Fincham also sentenced Hurst to seven years in prison for tampering with a motor vehicle and four years in prison for resisting arrest.  Fincham ordered all the sentences to run concurrently.

 Scott Gilbert, the shooter during the high-speed chase, was convicted on these counts following a two-week jury trial that occurred in November 2015.  Platte County Judge Ann Hansbrough sentenced Gilbert to 128 years in prison.

 The case was investigated by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the Platte City Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department, the Cameron Police Department, and the Trimble Police Department. 

 The case was handled by First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mark Gibson and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Blake Sherer.

 A photo of Hurst is above.  If you need more information, please contact our office’s media liaison, Tanya Faherty.

 Eric G. Zahnd
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney
415 Third Street, Suite 60
Platte City, Missouri 64079
(816) 858-3476

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