UPDATE: 3 more escaped inmates back in custody; 2 still missing
Three more South Dakota inmates who walked away from a minimum security unit are back in custody.
Carly Schoneman, Alice Richards and Kayla Lamont were apprehended in Pierre Wednesday evening, according to the South Dakota Department of Corrections.
Nine inmates initially walked away from the facility in Pierre Monday night, though one was immediately arrested. Three others were arrested Tuesday.
Authorities are still looking for 25-year-old Philomene Boneshirt and 25-year-old Sylvia Red Leaf.
The inmates escape garnered more attention after officials said they walked away from a facility where another inmate had recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Noem said Thursday no other inmates at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19.
UPDATE, 5 p.m.
Authorities say three female inmates who walked away from a minimum-security facility in Pierre are back in custody.
Kelsey Flute, Jordan Wakeman and Pamela Miller were taken into custody Tuesday on the Crow Creek Reservation, according to the Department of Corrections.
Authorities say they walked away from the Pierre Community Work Center Monday evening.
Authorities are still looking for 25-year-old Philomene Boneshirt, 25-year-old Sylvia Red Leaf, 32-year-old Alice Richards, 28-year-old Kayla Lamont, and 23-year-old Carly Schoneman.
UPDATE:, 12 p.m.
South Dakota officials say eight missing inmates escaped from a facility where one inmate was recently diagnosed with COVID-19.
The minimum-security inmates left a work center in Pierre without authorization Monday night.
On Tuesday, Gov. Kristi Noem said the South Dakota inmate who recently tested positive for COVID-19 was being held at the state's minimum-security Women's Prison in Pierre. That is the same facility in which the escaped inmates were housed.
The women walked away from the facility hours after state health officials announced a South Dakota inmate had tested positive.
Noem said the inmate who tested positive is currently in isolation. Authorities are trying to determine if she had contact with the inmates who escaped.
Noem said nine inmates initially escaped, but one has since been recaptured.
Authorities are looking for eight inmates who they say walked away from a minimum-security unit in Pierre.
According to the Department of Corrections, they are female inmates who left the Pierre Community Work Center without authorization Monday night.
Women’s Prison staff began escape procedures and law enforcement was notified. The South Dakota Highway Patrol aircraft was used to assist ground operations in its search for the inmates.
Leaving a non-secure correctional facility without authorization constitutes second-degree escape, a felony punishable by a maximum of 5-years in prison.
Philomene Boneshirt, 25
Jordan Wakeman, 27
Sylvia Red Leaf, 25
Alice Richards, 32
Kayla Lamont, 28
Carly Schoneman, 23
Pamela Miller, 28
Kelsey Flute, 30
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Schoneman is serving a 2-year, 8-month, 20-day sentence with 1-year suspended for possession of a controlled substance from Minnehaha County.
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.
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.