July 23, 2014

Return of inmates to Wisconsin could be delayed

It might be awhile before two inmates who escaped from a Wisconsin prison make their way back to the Badger State to face charges.

Officials say James Newman and James Misleveck will complete two court cases in Florida first, and then they will be returned to Wisconsin to face charges in Jackson and Monroe counties.

Both men agreed to waive extradition to Wisconsin during a court hearing Thursday, but the Broward County State Attorney’s office says they will remain in custody until the Florida-based cases are resolved. The two are facing charges in Tampa for allegedly beating a 71-year-old convenience store clerk during a hold-up.

Authorities said the 29-year-old Newman and 18-year-old Misleveck were just weeks away from being released from the Wisconsin prison boot camp at Black River Falls when they walked out on July 17th. Investigators say they then stole four vehicles and a shotgun, kidnapped a casino worker, and led officers on a chase during the manhunt.

The two men went to Florida where authorities say they attacked the gas station clerk before going to a casino. Police chased them down and arrested them on July 25th.