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Inmate escapes again from Benewah County Jail

Benewah County jail escapee Jesse John Wilkenson after his arrest in July in Kootenai County. (Kootenai County Sheriff's Department)
Benewah County jail escapee Jesse John Wilkenson after his arrest in July in Kootenai County. (Kootenai County Sheriff's Department)

A burglar who escaped from the Benewah County Jail in July escaped again early today, authorities say.

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.

Benewah County is investigating the escape, and Undersheriff Larry Sotin said further details won’t be released “until more of the basic information is completed,” according to a news release from the Idaho Department of Correction.

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 IDOC.

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 today’s escape early this morning.

Wilkenson is described as 5-foot-8 and 146 pounds. Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911.


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