Charges: North Dakota inmate accused of trying to dig way out of jail


An inmate has been charged with trying to dig his way out of a correctional facility in Dickinson, North Dakota, Forum News Service reports.

According to charges, Carroll Wells, 34, is accused of digging a 20-by-20-inch hole in the bathroom ceiling of the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center over the course of a week in February. After a tip from another inmate and the hole was found, jail staff reviewed of surveillance video, which showed Wells digging the hole, Stark County State’s Attorney Tom Henning said.

Jail staff reportedly found in Wells' possession a rock, which was missing from a display in the building, as well as a pencil sharpener hub and a handle. Henning said the rock showed signs of impact.

Wells is also charged with criminal mischief because about $3,000 of damage was caused to the bathroom. He has pleaded not guilty to charges.

On Monday, a man who pleaded guilty to helping a fellow inmate escape from a Rugby, North Dakota, jail was sentenced in federal court, the Associated Press says.

Christopher Ratteray was sentenced to a year in prison after pleaded guilty in January to helping Wesley Brown III escape from the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center.

According to authorities, Ratteray aided Brown by giving him a jacket to protect him from razor wire on a fence. The man was apprehended in three hours, the AP says.

Brown faces a maximum of 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, as well one count of escape from custody. His sentence is pending.

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