September 13, 2011

Benewah County Jail escapee back in custody

 

A burglar who escaped from the Benewah County Jail in July escaped again early Tuesday, authorities say, but was back in custody by Tuesday night.

Jesse John Wilkenson, 20, also known as Jesse Brebner, was in custody on charges related to the July 15 escape when he left the jail about 12:15 a.m. A Benewah County dispatcher confirmed he was back in custody, but did not know the circumstances surrounding his capture.

Wilkenson had been sentenced to a 365-day prison treatment program for a burglary conviction but hadn’t been transferred to a state facility because he was awaiting the resolution of his escape charge, which carries up to five years in prison, said Teresa Jones, spokeswoman for the Idaho Department of Corrections.

Benewah County authorities did not notify state prison officials of Wilkenson’s escape in July for several days, but Jones said the department knew of Tuesday’s escape early that day.


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