Man involved in November standoff pleads guilty to escape

2014-07-01T12:15:00Z 2014-09-12T13:44:04Z Man involved in November standoff pleads guilty to escapeBy EDDIE GREGG The Billings Gazette

A fugitive arrested after a 4 ½-hour standoff with police in November pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony escape.

Appearing before District Judge Gregory R. Todd, Ray Lee Grant, 34, admitted that on Nov. 3 he failed to return to a Billings prerelease center as required.

After Grant failed to report to the prerelease center, a judge issued a $50,000 warrant for his arrest and the U.S. Marshals Service tracked him to a residence in the 100 block of North 23rd Street, where they attempted to take him into custody on the morning of Nov. 8.

Grant said he was armed and refused to leave the building, according to police.

Law enforcement officers surrounded the building and negotiated with Grant, who surrendered after several hours.

No one was injured.

Grant has convictions for robbery, assault with a weapon and burglary, according to court records.

He remains in the county jail with $50,000 bond, pending sentencing.

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