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Father And Girlfriend Charged With Helping Man Escape S.D. Prison

Posted: 29 March, 2013

LINCOLN (AP) - Authorities have filed charges against the father and girlfriend of a man who failed to return to a minimum-security South Dakota prison. 45-year-old Robert Thorngren and 28-year-old Melanie Hollingsworth are both charged with accessory to a felony, a misdemeanor. The two are accused of helping South Dakota prison inmate Travis Thorngren. The 30-year-old is Robert Thorngren's son and Hollingsworth's boyfriend. Travis Thorngren was arrested last week in South Sioux City, Neb. All three were being held in the Dakota County Jail in Dakota City, Neb. Police say Travis Thorngren went missing March 18 from a minimum-security unit at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. He had been serving a five-year sentence on a grand theft conviction.

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