Donald Schwindt Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in on June 3, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, DONALD SCHWINDT, age 42, pled guilty to escape. Sentencing has been set for September 23, 2010. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On January 25, 2009, inmates SCHWINDT and William D. Newhoff escaped from the Mineral County Detention Center where they were both incarcerated on separate federal gun cases. They crawled through a hole in the ceiling of their cell to a trapdoor in a supply closet and fled to the road outside of the facility.
On January 26, 2009, SCHWINDT and Newhoff were apprehended near Troy.
Newhoff pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing.
SCHWINDT faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Marshals Service and the Mineral County Sheriff's Office.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.