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Michael Johnson, Arizona mugshot (Photo: Arizona Department of Corrections)

COLUMBIA, Wash. (AP) — An inmate at a Washington state jail who authorities say escaped by posing as another inmate has been sentenced to an additional five years in prison.

The Columbian reports that Michael Diontae Johnson was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges in two separate cases as part of a plea deal.

Johnson had already been serving a 24-year prison sentence for kidnapping and assault convictions in Arizona when he was brought to Clark County to stand trial for a March 2014 domestic violence case.

Authorities say he escaped from the Clark County Jail on May 12 after switching identities with a fellow inmate who was scheduled for release.

Johnson told the judge at the sentencing hearing Wednesday that he had nothing to say.

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