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Prison Escapees in Florida Court


Broward County, Florida (WXOW) - The two men who walked away from a Black River Falls area prison camp appear in a Florida courtroom Thursday.

James Newman and James Misleveck face numerous charges in Wisconsin and Florida for what authorities say is a string of crimes in two states.

The pair escaped from Black River Falls Correctional Center on July 18th.  Once out, authorities in Jackson and Monroe Counties in Wisconsin and Florida say the men are accused of stealing cars, holding a woman at gunpoint, and severely beating an elderly convenience store clerk.

They were arrested in Florida July 25th and remain jailed there.

During Thursday's hearing, Newman and Misleveck waived extradition in a Broward County Florida courtroom.  Following their trip through the Florida legal system, the waiver means they  will be delivered to the U.S. attorney in Madison to face the federal charge of unlawfully possessing a shotgun as convicted felons. Once the federal courts process the two men, Jackson County will take them into their court system.

Jackson County District Attorney Gerald Fox says he doesn't expect to see the men for several months as they work their way through the legal system.

In Jackson County the men face the following seven charges: Escape, Kidnapping, Operation of a motor vehicle without owner's consent, theft of a firearm, armed carjacking, second degree reckless endangerment of safety, and armed robbery. These charges are made more serious because both men will be charged as repeat offenders.

Newman and Misleveck also have additional criminal charges pending in Monroe County

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