Skip to main content

A former Lakeville school principal died in a northern Minnesota jail at the weekend, authorities have announced.

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard confirmed Tuesday that 53-year-old inmate Christopher Endicott died despite lifesaving efforts at the jail in Brainerd on Nov. 20, after being found unresponsive.

Endicott was being held in the jail on a Department of Corrections warrant, with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension called in to investigate his death.

The former principal of Century Middle School in Lakeville, Endicott was sentenced to 8 years and 6 months in prison in 2019, of which 5 years and 9 months were to be spent in custody.

While it's not known why he was wanted on the DOC warrant, court records show he was released from prison on Nov. 2 as part of a DOC Challenge Incarceration Program. This is a voluntary program that comprises training on topics such as substance abuse (if applicable), cognitive skills, restorative justice; physical training; military bearing, drill, and ceremony; work crew; and transition preparation.

Endicott had pleaded guilty in 2019 to crimes including stalking, burglary and identity theft in which he targeted ex-partners, school colleagues and neighbors over a period of years.

Among his stalking victims was an ex-girlfriend, a colleague of his wife's, and even a detective who had been assigned to investigate him for stalking.

The then Apple Valley resident also burglarized a neighbor, as well as one of his renters, and stole the identity of the ex he stalked by opening financial accounts in her name.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-12-02 at 11.43.05 AM

Keith Ellison, other AGs settle with CarMax over recall disclosures

As part of the settlement, CarMax now must disclosure open recalls online and on the lot.

police lights squad car

Man kidnaps 2-year-old daughter in St. Paul, crashes after pursuit in Minneapolis

The incident involved both police departments in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

police lights

Boys aged 15, 16 arrested after shooting of teen in Woodbury

The victim suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.


Police: Woman found dead with 'traumatic injuries' inside Moorhead home

Police are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Screen Shot 2022-12-02 at 7.59.36 AM

St. Paul's East Side Bar closes after two-and-a-half years in business

The bar opened just as the COVID-19 pandemic closed bars and restaurants.

Police tape

Police: Man and woman found dead inside Rochester home

An investigation is ongoing as of Friday morning.


Hospital chiefs say nursing strike will come at 'worst possible time'

A nurses union announced an almost three-week strike to take place in the Twin Cities.


Sven Sundgaard: What's in store for MN's weather in December?

Sundgaard recaps Minnesota's fall and looks ahead to December.


Man dies while in custody at Crow Wing County jail

He had been arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Christopher Endicott

Authorities: Former principal who died in MN jail took his own life

He was found unresponsive in the jail last November.

Anoka County Jail

Andover man, 20, ID'd as inmate who died at Anoka County Jail

He died the same day that he entered the jail.

Ex-Lakeville principal gets more than 8 years for numerous crimes

Stalking and burglary were among the charges he admitted.

18-year-old inmate dies after being found unresponsive in jail cell

The 18-year-old attended high school in New York Mills.

Hennepin County Jail

Inmate at Hennepin County Jail dies in 'apparent suicide'

He died on Thursday, almost a week after being found unresponsive.