A convicted murderer who escaped from a work release program at Cooma's Snowy Oval made a "spur of the moment" decision to make a run for it and head north.
Adam Bowhay instantly regretted it but he was too scared to return.
He told Goulburn District Court last week that he wished he could have turned round and gone back but he didn't- although he wasn't missed for 90 minutes.
The escape sparked a manhunt in Cooma and surrounding areas in early March until he was captured near Bredbo. He had been on the run for two days and police described him as dangerous.
He had hardly slept or eaten, and it had rained a lot.
He was due to be considered for parole in a matter of weeks but he had been pessimistic about his chances.
In court, Judge Charteris sentenced him to another 18 months in jail, and used his special powers to reduce that to nine months. In reality, it will not mean Bowhay serving any additional time and he will be able to apply for parole in early 2014.
He was serving a 23 year sentence for a stabbing murder and had spent 16 years in jail.
Judge Charteris said there needed to be some punishment as a form of deterrent for others.
"It only needs one person to escape for some people in the community to say 'well maybe we shouldn't have these (work release) programs," he said.