A Grand Forks man accused of cutting off his court-ordered ankle bracelet and leaving it at a bar in January pleaded guilty Tuesday, March 31, to felony escape.

Raymond John Nicholas Sr., 38, was sentenced to 30 months with the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and two years of supervised probation. Electronic home monitoring was not authorized.

Nicholas' sentence will be served concurrently with his initial sentence of 276 days in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center. He pleaded guilty to felony unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia on Oct. 1, and the charge was deemed a misdemeanor on Jan. 8. Electronic home monitoring was authorized for his original charge, but will not be re-authorized.

Nicholas was about three months into his first sentence when his court-ordered ankle bracelet was found cut off and left outside the Bun Lounge in Grand Forks after he didn't report for work on Dec. 27. A warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday, Jan. 13.

Nicholas faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the escape charge.