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Man who broke out of Jackson County Jail sentenced to prison for escape

The man who escaped from the Jackson County Jail in November 2012 was sentenced today to two and a half years in state prison for his crime.

Bradley William Monical, 43, was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court after a jury found him guilty of second-degree escape.

Monical is also serving a 22-year prison sentence for robbing a bank in Coos County in April 2011.

On Nov. 19, 2012, Monical jumped from the three-story-high jail roof into a nearby tree to escape — triggering a manhunt that stretched from downtown Medford to as far away as Texas. He was recaptured nearly a year later near Oregon City.

Monical escaped by standing on a fellow inmate's shoulders in the jail's recreation hall and pushing free a piece of metal mesh to get on the roof.

He was in jail here in 2012 awaiting trial in Jackson County Circuit Court for a December 2010 robbery of PremierWest Bank in Ashland. That trial is now set for May.

He will be incarcerated in Jackson County until that trial concludes, then transported to the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert said.

Today, Heckert prosecuted Monical on the second-degree escape charge on behalf of the state of Oregon.

"Do I think he deserved more time? Yes," Heckert said, following the trial.

A jury deliberated 40 minutes before convicting Monical on the escape charge.

— Sam Wheeler