Pregnant jail inmate who fled hospital is sentencedA Duluth woman was sentenced to 21 months at the Shakopee women’s prison for escaping from custody in February 2012.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
A Duluth woman was sentenced to 21 months at the Shakopee women’s prison for escaping from custody in February 2012.
Johanna Dorothy Martin-Ogima, 27, pleaded guilty Aug. 14 to felony escape from custody and misdemeanor disorderly conduct in Carlton County Court, a year and a half after she escaped jail staff and doctors at Community Memorial Hospital.
According to the criminal complaint:
Martin-Ogima was in custody at the Carlton County Jail for violating probation for two previous cases (in which she had pleaded guilty to fifth- and second-degree drug possession and fleeing police in a motor vehicle and had been sentenced to 58 months in prison, but the sentence was stayed) when the pregnant inmate reported to jail staff that her water broke and she was about to deliver her baby.
Carlton County jail staff rushed Martin-Ogima to Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet at approximately 2 p.m. for treatment and delivery of her baby. However, once Martin-Ogima arrived at CMH, she was met there by her significant other, identified as Sidney Mathews in the criminal complaint.
According to the complaint, Mathews caused a disturbance and a short while later, Martin-Ogima fled with Mathews in his minivan.
Defense attorney Joanna Wiegert said her client had stated that she wanted to be taken to a Duluth hospital and “fired” her doctor, then fled the hospital shortly thereafter. She did not, however, flee to a Duluth hospital. In fact, Martin-Ogima was not located by law enforcement until April of this year, 14 months later, when Duluth police stopped the car she was riding in because of suspicious behavior. The driver of the car was driving across the Menards parking lot at 1 a.m. with the headlights off, and had stopped briefly by the front entrance of the West Duluth store.
According to the Duluth police report, Martin-Ogima initially gave police the false name of Felicia Breeana Martin. When the officers determined her real name and discovered she had four outstanding warrants in Carlton County, they transported her to the county line and turned her over to the Carlton County Sheriff’s department. She was placed back in custody at the Carlton County Jail, where she has remained since that time.
Assistant Carlton County Attorney Michael Boese, who prosecuted the case, said Martin-Ogima’s probation on the 2007 second-degree drug charge was revoked — 51 months with credit for time already served — plus she was sentenced to 21 months on the 2012 current charges of escape from custody and disorderly conduct. All sentences will be served concurrently (at the same time). Two fifth-degree assault charges stemming from a 2012 fight at the jail and a second escape from custody charge were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Wiegert said Martin-Ogima only could have been sentenced for one escape charge anyway, because there was “only one act of escape” even though she was in jail on two different charges.
Boese was pleased with the prison sentence, who noted it was Martin-Ogima’s fifth probation violation on the 2007 charge.
However, because Martin-Ogima had built up a considerable amount of days in jail since the 2007 case, she will likely only serve approximately 14 months at Shakopee assuming good time earned, Wiegert explained.
Boese characterized the defendant’s time already served as an “installment plan.”
He said Mathews is wanted for felony charges for aiding and abetting escape from custody. He is currently serving time at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility for a probation violation. Their baby, Wiegert said, is in the care of Martin-Ogima’s grandmother.