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Fort Thompson man pleads not guilty to escape

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

A Fort Thompson man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to second-degree escape.

Curtis Miller, 27, allegedly failed to return to custody in October after failing to follow the rules of a furlough from jail. He claimed in court his lawyer at the time didn't know Miller was supposed to be in court, which caused him to break the rules of furlough.

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If convicted of second-degree escape, Miller faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

Miller explained he has a warrant out of Pennington County and wanted to take care of it. He requested a furlough while still in custody to handle the warrant and Judge Tim Bjorkman agreed.

Bjorkman set Miller's trial date for August.

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