- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The case of a man who allegedly held up a small-town North Dakota bank at gunpoint has been transferred to federal court.

Fifty-eight-year-old Jay Barker is accused of holding up the Citizens Community Credit Union in St. John on March 8. He has pleaded not guilty to armed bank robbery.

Authorities say Barker moved to North Dakota in the last year after he was released from an Idaho prison, where he served 17 years for armed robbery.

Four days after he was arrested, Barker escaped from the Rolette County Jail by locking a correctional officer in the cell. He was arrested the next day.

Barker was sentenced in state court to one year and one day in prison on the escape charge.

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