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Published May 15, 2012, 10:57 AM

Ex-tribal officer accused of harboring fugitives

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former Three Affiliated Tribes law enforcement officer is accused of harboring two men who escaped from a jail in New Town over the weekend.

By: BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former Three Affiliated Tribes law enforcement officer is accused of harboring two men who escaped from a jail in New Town over the weekend.

Jessica Folden pleaded not guilty during an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Bismarck via videoconference Monday, federal court documents show. U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles S. Miller Jr. released her on a personal recognizance bond, meaning she did not have to post any cash.

Federal public defender Heather Mitchell declined comment to The Associated Press on Tuesday, citing her agency's policy on open cases. A telephone listing for Folden could not immediately be found.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Agent Michael White testified in an affidavit that two men who escaped from the Gerald Tex Fox Justice Center on Saturday took refuge in Folden's home in New Town. Folden allegedly lied to investigating officers about the whereabouts of the fugitives and initially refused to allow officers to search her home.

"After approximately two hours, Folden allowed officers to enter the apartment and officers located (Jake) White Body and (Brandon) Young Wolf inside the residence," White wrote.

The two escapees surrendered and Folden was arrested for hindering law officers.

White Body had been jailed on theft convictions and Young Wolf was serving time for numerous convictions, according to White. He said Folden is the girlfriend of White Body's brother.

Court documents say Holden is a former tribal officer. Details on her background were not immediately available.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Clare Hochhalter could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Three Affiliated Tribes Police Chief Blaine Flynn did not immediately return a telephone call to The Associated Press seeking comment on Folden's background and the incident.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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