Four inmates, one employee disciplined at close of Bayport prison tunnel investigation

Four inmates and one employee at the Bayport prison have been disciplined following the close of an investigation into a 25-foot, underground tunnel corrections staff found there in February. 

It was the first attempt of its kind in the institution’s memory, officials said. No inmates escaped.


Inmates David Arthur Spaeth, Craig Michael Friend, Andrew Lechuga Salinas and Gonzalo Hernandez were punished with 540 days of segregated confinement following Minnesota Department of Corrections discipline process in which each pleaded guilty to charges of aiding, advising, counseling, conspiring, attempting, or acting as an accessory to escape at the prison. Continue reading

Prison guard pleads guilty to felony theft

The North Branch man who was arrested and charged with theft entered a guilty plea yesterday, Aug. 20, to felony theft from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Rush City.

William R. Stanley, a sergeant at the prison, had been under investigation by the Department of Corrections, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office when a search warrant was served at his residence on May 15.

As a result of that search he was arrested at that time. A subsequent investigation revealed that Stanley had stolen over $35,000 worth of equipment from the prison over a two-year period and had been selling it on E-Bay.

Stanley is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 1, and the state guidelines for the offense call for him to receive 20 years probation and a fine of up to $100,000. 

The County Attorney’s Office will seek one year in the county jail as a condition of Stanley’s probation and restitution of up to $37,000, less property recovered at the time the search warrant was served.


Hennepin County Deputy among 2 arrested in drug probe

MINNEAPOLIS — A nurse and her husband, a sheriff’s deputy, have been arrested as part of a probe of the theft of narcotics from the Hennepin County Jail.

The sheriff’s office says the investigation started when a nurse at the Hennepin County Medical Center tipped them that a co-worker was stealing drugs from the jail.

Investigators found enough evidence to make an arrest. She’s being held in the Hennepin County Jail.

A search of her house in Burnsville led to the arrest of her husband, a Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy. He’s being held in the Dakota County Jail.

Prosecutors have not filed formal charges against either of them. The sheriff’s office says in a Wednesday news release that its investigation is continuing.


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