Escaped inmate Sylvia Red Leaf in custody


BOX ELDER, S.D.- A state prison inmate who walked away from a minimum-security unit in Pierre last month is back in custody.

Inmate Sylvia Red Leaf was apprehended in Box Elder, SD Friday morning. Red Leaf was among a group of inmates who walked away from the Pierre Community Work Center March 23.

Inmate Philomene Boneshirt is the only inmate among the group who remains on escape status.


Inmate Philomene Boneshirt is still at-large

The warden of the South Dakota Women’s Prison, Wanda Markland, offered her resignation and left the position the March 24th, the day after after the nine had escaped and another tested positive for COVID-19.

Three of the female inmates, Kelsey Flute, Jordan Wakeman and Pamela Miller, were taken into custody on the Crow Creek Reservation on March 24th.

Red Leaf is serving two 3-year, 9-month, 15-day sentences for possession of a controlled substance and a 1-year, 9-month, 15-day sentence for eluding. All of the convictions are from Pennington County.

Leaving a non-secure correctional facility without authorization constitutes second degree escape, a Class 5 felony punishable by a maximum of 5-years in prison.

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