- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A now-former corrections officer in North Dakota accused of helping a federal prisoner escape has been sentenced to over three years in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers says 27-year-old Rachel Chepulis was sentenced Wednesday. The Devils Lake woman earlier pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and assisting an escape from custody.

Authorities say Chepulis helped inmate Wesley Brown III escape from the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center in Devils Lake in mid-March. About two weeks later, they were captured at a Bi-Mart store in Oregon.

Before escaping with the help of Chepulis, Brown was awaiting sentencing after he had pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and escape.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson also ordered Chepulis to spend three years on supervised release.


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