Search underway for eight female minimum-security inmates
UPDATE (3:40) — Three of the female inmates have been found. Kelsey Flute, Jordan Wakeman and Pamela Miller were taken into custody on the Crow Creek Reservation. The state is working to have the three returned to state custody.
PIERRE, S.D.- A search is underway for eight female inmates who left a minimum-security unit in Pierre. Authorities say the women left the same day the state confirmed an inmate tested positive for COVID-19.
Nine inmates left the Pierre Community Work Center without authorization at 8:43 p.m., Monday, March 23 by exiting an exterior door. One woman is in custody.
South Dakota Department of Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says the woman has been tested for coronavirus but there is no result as of Tuesday morning.
Malsam-Rysdon says the state is currently investigating who all came in contact with the woman who tested positive, to include any of the women who have escaped.
“Obviously, that’s a very serious situation and we’re all hands on deck to figure that out,” said Malsam-Rysdon.
The inmates include:
Women’s Prison staff began escape procedures and law enforcement was notified. The South Dakota Highway Patrol aircraft was used to assist ground operations in its search for the inmates.
- Boneshirt is serving a 7-month, 15-day sentence for 3rd-degree simple assault and a consecutive 1-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance. Both convictions are from Minnehaha County.
- Wakeman is serving a 6-year, 7-month, 5-day sentence, a consecutive 5-year sentence with 5-years suspended and an additional consecutive sentence of 2 years. All of the convictions are for possession of a controlled substance from Minnehaha County.
- 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.
- Richards is serving three 5-year sentences with 3-years suspended on each. All of the convictions are for possession of a controlled substance and are from Pennington County.
- Lamont is serving two sentences of 2-years, 7-months and 20-days for possession of a controlled substance and a 2-year, 7-month and 20-day for second-degree robbery. All of her convictions are from Pennington County.
- Schoneman is serving a 2-year, 8-month, 20-day sentence with 1-year suspended for possession of a controlled substance from Minnehaha County.
- Miller is serving a 1-year, 11-month, 10-day sentence for failure to appear and a 4-year, 11-month, 10-day sentence for possession of a controlled substance from Davison County and a 4-year, 11-month sentence from for forgery from Yankton County.
- Flute is serving two 1-year, 11-month, 20-day sentences for third offense DWI. One conviction is from Charles Mix County and the other from Yankton 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.
The Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident.