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Devils Lake woman gets 10 years in jail for multiple escape attempts

DEVILS LAKE--A Devils Lake woman who prosecutors said tried to escape custody three times--once while attempting to stab a deputy and another after a judge let her leave jail to take care of finances--will spend up to 10 years in prison.

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DEVILS LAKE-A Devils Lake woman who prosecutors said tried to escape custody three times-once while attempting to stab a deputy and another after a judge let her leave jail to take care of finances-will spend up to 10 years in prison.

Jennifer Lynn Robinson, 30, was sentenced Friday in Ramsey County District Court on five Class C felony charges: attempted aggravated assault, preventing arrest, possession of methamphetamine, attempted escape and escape, according to a news release from Ramsey County State's Attorney Lonnie Olson.

The list of charges date back to April 22, when two Ramsey County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a Devils Lake home to remove an "unwanted person." Officers said they saw Robinson throw a package containing meth and proceeded to handcuff her, according to the release. While searching the home, Robinson was able to remove her cuffs and grabbed a knife before trying to stab one of the deputies, court papers state.

The news release said as the deputy dodged the knife, the weapon glanced his body armor and he avoided injury. Robinson was eventually subdued after struggling.

Four days later, Robinson attempted to escape again when she was taken to a hospital for medical care. Officers said she was in the restroom when she removed the handcuffs and ran outside the hospital. As officers pursued her, she grabbed a shovel, which she used to block a Taser dart before officers apprehended her.

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No one was injured in the escape attempts.

The escape charge comes from when she was allowed to leave the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center in early July. Judge Lee Christopherson authorized her to visit the Citizens Community Credit Union in Devils Lake for 1½ hours. When she did not return, a warrant was issued and Robinson was arrested July 12.

Robinson pleaded guilty to escape and entered an Alford plea on the remaining charges, meaning she does not admit guilt but agrees prosecutors have enough evidence to convict her.

Olson had recommended the maximum combined penalty for the charges, which would have been 25 years in prison. Defense attorney Coral Mahler argued for three years in prison.

Christofferson sentenced her to 10 year in prison, though she has at least 228 days credit for time served.

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