Update - 4 of 9 escaped inmates back in custody
The latest information is that three of the escaped inmates have apprehended on the Crow Creek Reservation southeast of Pierre.
They are Kelsey Flute, Jordan Wakeman and Pamela Miller
Nine women from the state’s minimum-security unit in Pierre took off on a walkabout Monday night.
According to a release from the South Dakota Department of Corrections, the nine walked out about 8:43 p.m. Three of the women were sentenced out of Pennington County.
One person who escaped was caught by Rapid City police. They arrested 28-year-old Samantha Waters at a home after they got a tip she was in town. Waters was serving time on drug and forgery convictions.
Initially, the state release said eight women escaped. The acknowledgement that there were originally nine escapees didn't come until Gov. Kristi Noem's COVID-19 news conference Tuesday morning; when a question was raised about contact these escapees might have had with another inmate who tested positive for the virus.
Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said the state is working to establish how much contact there was. The captured inmate was reportedly tested for the virus but results are not known at this time.
The women now face escape charges, a felony that could cost them five more years in prison.
The escapees are:
• Philomene E. Boneshirt is serving a 7-month, 15-day sentence for 3rd-degree simple assault and a consecutive 1-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance. Both convictions are from Minnehaha County.
• Jordan F. Wakeman is serving a 6-year, 7-month, 5-day sentence, a consecutive 5-year sentence with 5-years suspended and an additional consecutive sentence of 2 years. All of the convictions are for possession of a controlled substance from Minnehaha County.
• Sylvia R. Red Leaf is serving two 3-year, 9-month, 15-day sentences for possession of a controlled substance and a 1-year, 9-month, 15-day sentence for eluding. All of the convictions are from Pennington County.
• Alice M. Richards is serving three 5-year sentences with 3-years suspended on each. All of the convictions are for possession of a controlled substance and are from Pennington County.
• Kayla A. Lamont is serving two sentences of 2-years, 7-months and 20-days for possession of a controlled substance and a 2-year, 7-month and 20-day for second-degree robbery. All of her convictions are from Pennington County.
• Carly F. Schoneman is serving a 2-year, 8-month, 20-day sentence with 1-year suspended for possession of a controlled substance from Minnehaha County.
• Pamela M. Miller is serving a 1-year, 11-month, 10-day sentence for failure to appear and a 4-year, 11-month, 10-day sentence for possession of a controlled substance from Davison County and a 4-year, 11-month sentence from for forgery from Yankton County.
• Kelsey C. Flute is serving two 1-year, 11-month, 20-day sentences for third offense DWI. One conviction is from Charles Mix County and the other from Yankton County.