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Published December 13, 2011, 10:39 AM

Inmate who fled from transport van near Valley City may change plea

(WDAY TV) - The inmate who put authorities and the public on high alert after fleeing from a transport van might be changing his plea. 30-year old Joseph Megna previously pleaded not guilty to a felony escape charge.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - The inmate who put authorities and the public on high alert after fleeing from a transport van might be changing his plea.

30-year old Joseph Megna previously pleaded not guilty to a felony escape charge. The charge stems from Megna fleeing a prisoner transport van at a rest area on I-94.

Area farmers combined a cornfield to push Megna out of hiding. He's currently in the Barnes County jail on 100-thousand dollars bail. The change of plea hearing is set for January 4th.

Meantime, authorities and farmers are still waiting to be reimbursed, more than 91-thousand dollars, for their efforts with the manhunt.

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