Escaped inmate caught, intended to turn himself in


by & Cole Heath

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 21 at 10:51 AM

BENEWAH COUNTY, Idaho— Benewah County authorities confirm an inmate who escaped from the county jail Friday is back in custody in the same facility. 

Authorities say they found Jesse John Wilkenson, a.k.a. Brebner, early Wednesday morning in Kootenai County.

Authorities say since his escape Wilkenson, 20, was believed to be in the Spokane or Coeur d’Alene area.

Investigators tell KREM 2 he was picked up around 2a.m. outside of Worley, Idaho.
According to his Great Aunt Patty Boggs, Wilkenson called his mother around 1a.m. Wednesday morning claiming to be cold, hungry, and wanting to turn him self in.
Boggs says his mom, who originally alerted the media about her son's escape, called the sheriff's office and said she would bring her son back to jail.
Tribal police say a tip lead them to Wilkenson's car heading back to Saint Maries.
Wilkenson allegedly ran near Conklin Road and was arrested.
He was taken to the Kootenai County Jail and was sent back to Benewah County around 8:30a.m.

Today he was in court for the escape charges that could add five more years to his sentence.
Bail has been set at $250,000.

Wilkenson was in jail on a parole violation from a previous burglary conviction.