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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mobridge Man Charged With Escape From Custody

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mobridge, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly escaping from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons while at the Community Alternatives of the Black Hills on April 10, 2013.

Gaylen Paul Sampson, a/k/a Thurman Paul Sampson, age 38, was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 16, 2013, for Escape from Custody.  Sampson appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on April 24, 2013, and pleaded not guilty to the indictment.  The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.  The charge is merely an accusation, and Sampson is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Venhuizen is prosecuting the case.  Sampson was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.  A trial date has been set for July 2, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015