Prosecutor: Hensley finally pleads guilty | Crime
A man accused of robbing a store on the Boonville square, leading authorities on a high speed chase and escaping from prison in 2008 before being recaptured, is finally pleading guilty.
Warrick County Prosecutor Joanne Crance says it’s been a long time coming.
Conan Helsley, then 20, escaped with another prisoner while at Branchville in 2008. They were eventually spotted and arrested after a chase in the Newburgh area.
Authorities say the Pike County native was in jail after holding up the Swap Shop in Boonville, accused of taking 17 guns and cash at gunpoint.
After breaking out, Helsley was spotted near Ryan’s Hardware, then lead police on a high speed chase, when he and fellow escapee Kent Day, a murder suspect, eventually ran into another vehicle.
After his escape and imprisonment, Hensley and his girlfriend who was also on the run, gave an interview to 14 News.
Helsley was then transferred to the Wabash Correctional Facility. He had asked a judge to be released from prison because the case had not been brought to trial within a year.