A man accused of escaping from the minimum security USP Lee Camp appeared in court Wednesday morning after being on the run for eight years .
Edward Porta first pleaded not guilty and then came back hours later and pleaded guilty to escape charges.
Porta was sentenced in 2007 to serve three years in the United States Penitentiary Lee Satellite Camp for defrauding the federal government.
He escaped a year later and remained on the run until Washington State authorities arrested him at a hotel last month.
The maximum penalty for his escape charges include five years in prison on top of his original sentence and a $250,000 fine.
He is expected back in court in August.