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Fort Thompson man pleads not guilty to escape

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.

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.