Two South Dakota Inmates Back in Custody

YANKTON, SD — Two state prisoners were placed on escape status after failing to report to work.

35-year old Benjamin Johnson and 34-year old Lalo Montoya were reported missing after failing to report following an appointment with their work release employers.

Johnson was serving a five year sentence for unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance. Montoya was serving a five year sentence on drug charges.

Escape procedures were enacted and Montoya was taken into custody at a Yankton residence Saturday.

According to South Dakota law any person who fails to return to custody following temporary leave is a class 5 felony and is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison.

As of Saturday both inmates were back in custody.

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