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Update: Tribal Cops Catch Escapee

State authorities issued a warning Monday that a convicted felon escaped Friday from Benewah County Jail after learning local officials failed to do so.  “Anytime someone is running from the law, we consider them to pose a measure of risk because they may be acting desperately and irrationally,” said Jeff Ray, a spokesman for the Idaho Department of Correction. “You gotta hit the red button when these guys get loose.” Jesse John Wilkenson, also known as Jesse Brebner, is 20 and has brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5-foot-8, 146 pounds and has a medium complexion, a news release from the Idaho Department of Correction said Tuesday. Wilkenson was sentenced Friday to a year-long retained jurisdiction program following a burglary conviction and a probation violation/Meghann Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here.

Question: Benewah County Sheriff Bob Kirts sez he didn't warn the community re: the escape because Wilkenson apparently isn't a violent offender. What do you think of that excuse?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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