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Federal inmate indicted for escaping from prison

April 24, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS—Recently in federal court, an inmate who last month escaped from the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth was indicted after being apprehended following six days on the run. On April 22, 2013, Michael Joseph Krzyzaniak, age 64, of Minneapolis, was indicted on one count of escape from custody.

The indictment alleges that on March 30, 2013, and continuing through April 5, 2013, Krzyzaniak was an escapee from the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth. He was serving a 151-month sentence for a 2012 conviction in the District of Minnesota for wire fraud and tax evasion. According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the current case, Krzyzaniak was present for a prisoner count at 4:00 p.m. on March 30. However, he was not present for the prisoner count at 10:00 p.m. On April 5, law enforcement officials apprehended him at a hotel in Burnsville.

If convicted, Krzyzaniak faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in federal prison, which may be tacked onto the sentences he is already serving. All sentences would be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the United States Marshals Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Manda M. Sertich.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.

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