- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin corrections officials made a rare exception for a medium-security prison inmate who was granted temporary leave for his father’s funeral.

Department of Corrections’ policy allows for such a leave only for minimum-security prisoners. In this case, the father of the inmate, Thomas Christ (krist) was fatally shot near Wausaukee by a bank robber who died along with state Trooper Trevor Casper in exchange of gunfire in Fond du Lac.

Corrections spokeswoman Joy Staab tells the State Journal (https://bit.ly/1E0Wo5H ) that Timothy Christ has a record of “absolute compliance” during his time at Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution. Staab says the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the death of Christ’s father also played a role in his temporary release March 31st. The 31-year-old Christ is serving a 21-year sentence for four felonies, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj

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