AN INMATE who escaped from a Glen Innes prison and remained on the run for six weeks has been sentenced for a string of offences in Queensland.
Zac Cree, 25, fronted Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland on seven offences after he was arrested in May.
Cree was found hiding in the roof of a Pacific Pines home when police came knocking after a break-in.
The 25-year-old was convicted of receiving and possessing tainted property, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and driving whilst disqualified, however he didn’t enter a plea to one count of burglary.
He was sentenced to 33 months’ jail for the offences but will be eligible for parole in August, 2014.
However, upon his release it’s expected NSW police will seek his extradition back to NSW, following his escape from the Glen Innes Correctional Centre.
He remained on the run for six weeks before being arrested on May 17.
Cree, along with Ashley Cullen and Reegan Freeburn, were locked into their prison unit at the minimum-security centre on April 4.
However, they were found missing the next day by prison officers.
A massive search was launched for the three following the escape, with police scouring nearby grassland.
Freeburn was arrested in Grafton not long after the escape, while Cullen was nabbed by police after a foot pursuit near Bathurst.
Cree still has time to serve on his sentence for a number of offences committed in NSW.
Police say they intend to lay charges in relation to escape from custody.