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Last inmate who escaped after virus struck prison arrested

August 19, 2020 GMT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The last of nine female inmates who escaped from the state women’s prison’s work center after a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the facility has been arrested.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported Wednesday that 25-year-old Philomene Boneshirt was arrested in Sioux Falls on Tuesday.

Boneshirt was one of nine inmates who walked away from the Pierre Community Work Center on March 23, the same day the state Department of Corrections reported its first COVID-19 case at the women’s prison.

That case was the first and so far only one in a South Dakota prison, although the positive test resulted in placing more than 150 women under observation.

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Most of the women who walked away were apprehended days later. Boneshirt was serving seven months for assault and a consecutive year for possession of a control substance. Leaving a non-secure correctional facility without authorization is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.