County jail escapee pleads guilty, sentenced

Michael Simon
Michael Simon

February 20, 2019 06:43 PM

A man who broke out of the Hennepin County Jail pleaded guilty to an escape charge, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Michael Simon, 57, pleaded guilty as the judge and attorneys were setting his trial date for the single charge of escape from custody. He was immediately sentenced to 23 months in prison, which will be consecutive with the 30 months he received in December for a burglary.

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Man charged in connection to escape from Hennepin County Jail

On Nov. 28 of last year, Simon broke a window on the county jail's seventh floor and climbed out on the roof. According to prosecutors, he ran across the rooftop of a skyway into a parking ramp.

He was captured in Little Canada later in the day.

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