What Went Wrong In Walsh County Prisoner Escape?The Walsh County Sheriff's Department is calling last weeks prisoner's escape a fluke. A man made a run for freedom while being escorted to jail from court.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
It was here last Monday on a trip from the Walsh County Courthouse to jail that 51-year old Serafin Milera decided to try and avoid a prison sentence.
Sheriff Lauren Wild : "He was being brought over by his probation officer, when they got over here to the law enforcement center. Thats when he took off on foot. "
Milera was just sentenced to the state penitentiary for 18 months for violating the terms of his probation for a 2007 terrorizing charge. Sheriff Lauren Wild says since Milera was never seen as a threat to the community and was a low risk to run he wasn't required to have handcuffs and shackles.
Sheriff Lauren Wild: "I would say this is a fluke, out on bond he appeared in court on his on volition. He was not in custody previous to that. "
Sheriff Wild doubts there will be little change in policy to come from the escape, especially because this was such a unique case.
Sheriff Lauren Wild: "I don't know what we could change except to bring along extra leg irons and put them on in the court room."
Milera was picked up quietly just 3 day later in Billings Montana as he got off a bus. He will likely be back on Walsh County Court to face charges of escape, something he might not be given the chance to do again.
Sheriff Lauren Wild : "Very stupid, because they always get caught, always do. "