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Jail escapee tells judge to `stick it` at sentencing

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Daring jail escapee Kenneth Conley told a federal judge to "stick it right up your a**" Monday morning. Now he's going to be the baddest man in federal prison for an extra 3 1/2 years, the Sun-Times is reporting.

Conley, whose daring Christmas 2012 escape from a 17th floor cell in the downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center captured the public's imagination, smirked his way through his sentencing hearing Monday.

He winked at the federal agents who arrested him after he spent two weeks on the run, having rappelled down the side of the high-rise prison with his cellmate, using bedsheets tied together.

And moments after U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman tacked an extra 3½ years into the 20-year sentence he's already serving for bank robbery, Conley exploded.

"You can take your analogy and stick it right up your ass!" Conley, 40, told the judge, suggesting Feinerman increase his sentence to five years.

A stunned Feinerman said, "Thank you," but declined to increase his sentence.

It isn't the first time that career criminal Conley, who Feinerman called "incorrigible violent," has tried to prove to federal authorities that he's a bad boy.

He and his cellmate Jose Banks widened the window at the MCC, then used bedsheets reinforced with dental floss to lower themselves to a neighboring parking lot and escaped.

When he was finally caught in southwest suburban Palos Hills, he allegedly told the FBI, "It happened once — what makes you think it won't happen again?"

Conley was last summer sentenced to 20 years for robbing a TCF Bank in Homewood — the crime he was awaiting sentence for when he escaped. The judge who sentenced him in that case, Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, took Conley's escape into account.

On Monday, Conley's lawyer Gary Ravitz said for that reason it wouldn't be fair to add more time for the escape.

But citing Conley's long record of armed robberies and other crimes, Feinerman said "nothing else has worked" except prison time in Conley's case.

"And even that hasn't worked," he added, moments before Conley cursed him out.

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