Prisoner sentenced to 6 years for escape from transport van in Elgin

Jesse Vega, the man who set off a large police manhunt in Elgin, has been charged with escaping from a penal institution, a felony. (WLS)

A prisoner who escaped custody of the Elgin Mental Health Center - and sparked a large manhunt in July 2014 -- pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Jesse Vega escaped from a transport vehicle en route to court in Lake County. He was charged with escaping from a penal institution, a felony.

At the time of the escape, Vega was in custody on domestic battery charges for assaulting his girlfriend in Gurnee in 2013. A jury found him guilty on those charges in July and he was sentenced to 25 years.

After his capture, Vega told a court that he's ""hearing voices."

Based on that, the judge ordered another mental fitness evaluation.

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