An Idaho inmate, who has been on death row for more than a decade, died July 9 after an extended illness.
Michael Jauhola, 41, began a life of crime in 1993, when he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for the stabbing of a rival gang member. While he waited for sentencing, he escaped but was caught and sentenced in 1994 to 17 years in the state prison. In 1999, he was convicted of killing another prison inmate with a baseball bat. In 2001, he was sentenced to death.
But this morning, the Associated Press reports that Jauhola was under the care of a prison doctor and had been in the prison's medical unit since May. According to a spokeswoman for the Idaho Department of Correction, his "death was expected because of his illness."
The AP reports that the Ada County coroner will verify the cause of death.
UPDATE: June 8, 2014
The Idaho Department of Correction reports that two inmates who had escaped from the North Idaho Correctional Institution on June 4 were taken back into custody, without incident, in the evening hours of June 7.
Acting on a tip, law enforcement discovered 23-year-old Tyler Davis and 23-year-old Dylan Ames near Swallows Park, south of Clarkston, Washington, near the Idaho border.
The two men now face the possibility of additional charges related to their escape.
ORIGINAL POST: June 4, 2014
The Idaho Department of Correction is alerting the public that two inmates have escaped from the North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood. IDOC said the two inmates escaped just before noon today while they were helping to unload a delivery truck.
Tyler Davis, 23, is described as a white male, approximately 200 pounds, 5-feet 9-inches tall, with brown hair and green eyes. In March, he was sentenced to two-to-five years behind bars for grand theft.
Dylan Ames, 23, is described as a white male, approximately 175 pounds, 6-feet tall, with black hair and brown eyes. In February, he was sentenced to five-to-10 years for possession of a controlled substance and intent to deliver a controlled substance.
Both men were wearing green shirts and blue jeans at the time of their escape.
Anyone with information about the inmates should contact local law enforcement.
UPDATE: June 3, 2014
The Idaho Department of Correction reported Tuesday afternoon that an inmate who had escaped from the Adams County Jail on May 24th has been captured with the assistance of the Lewiston Police Department and the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office.
Just before 1 a.m. June 3rd, law enforcement found 47-year-old Robert Williston in Lewiston. Williston was taken into custody without incident. Williston now faces the possibility of new charges in connection with his escape.
ORIGINAL POST: May 26, 2014
Law enforcement from throughout the region have been notified and officials at the Idaho Department of Correction want the public to know that an inmate escaped over the weekend from the Adams County Jail in Council.
Robert Williston, 47, had been locked up for a string of convictions, including attempted strangulation, grand theft, first-degree burglary, grand larceny and fraudulent use of a financial transaction.
His current prison term would have been completed in August of 2025 and Williston was eligible to be considered for parole in 2021.
But on the evening of May 24, Williston scaled the Adams County Jail fence and took off on foot.
Williston is described as Asian-American, with a shaved head and brown eyes. He's six-foot-one, and weighs approximately 195 pounds.
Anyone with information about Williston's whereabouts should contact their local law enforcement agency.