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Convicted burglar escapes from Benewah County Jail

Tue., July 19, 2011, 2:44 p.m.

A convicted burglar escaped Friday night from the Benewah County Jail in St. Maries.

Jesse John Wilkenson, also known as Brebner, is 20 and has brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5’8”, weighs 146 pounds and has a medium complexion, a news release from the Idaho Department of Corrections said.

Just hours before he escaped, Wilkenson was sentenced to a year-long retained jurisdiction program. Judges can retain jurisdiction over offenders while they go through evaluation and treatment. If they complete the program successfully, offenders can be released on probation and avoid longer prison sentences, the release said.

Anyone with information about Wilkenson’s whereabouts is asked to call a local law enforcement agency.

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