Sex offenders who attempted escape have day in courtFour inmates who attempted escape from the Minnesota Sexual Offender Program (MSOP) in Moose Lake on June 19 made an appearance in Carlton County Court for a scheduled omnibus hearing on Monday.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Four inmates who attempted escape from the Minnesota Sexual Offender Program (MSOP) in Moose Lake on June 19 made an appearance in Carlton County Court for a scheduled omnibus hearing on Monday.
Lloyd Anthony Hartleib, 42; Russell Lynn Norton, 42; Christopher Loyd Ivey, 39; and Steven Allan Housman, 55, had earlier been charged with one felony count each of escape from custody, with maximum sentencing guidelines of five years and/or $10,000. At that time, Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler had asked that $50,000 bail be set for each man. Pertler explained since all are currently being held under a previous commitment, if any of them posted bail he would be returned to a sequestered area of the MSOP facility. By the time of Monday’s hearing, all four remained incarcerated at the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center.
At Monday’s hearing, Sixth District Chief Public Defender Fred Friedman informed Judge Dale Wolf that since his office is unable to take on the additional cases at this time, he has been in contact with State Public Defender John Stuart, who indicated the state of Minnesota will come up with the money required to hire an attorney to represent all four of the men.
Judge Wolf subsequently reset the hearing for Aug. 12.
According to the complaint filed in the incident, Moose Lake Police Officer David Radzak was dispatched to the MSOP facility at approximately 6:24 p.m. June 19 after a report came in stating four inmates were attempting to escape by scaling the fences in order to get beyond the perimeter of the secure facility.
All four individuals were subsequently apprehended and transported to the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center.
MSOP Special Investigator Jamie Jungers determined that all four men had earlier concocted an elaborate escape scheme that involved jimmying the facility door leading from the interior of the facility out to the courtyard area in order to prohibit staff from immediately apprehending them when they ran from the interior to the courtyard.