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Fugitive's injury may have been self-inflicted in N.D. standoff

DICKINSON, N.D. Injuries an Alabama fugitive received after a standoff near Gladstone on June 6 are believed to be self-inflicted, Tom Henning, Stark County state's attorney, said Monday. Jacquelin Mink, 25, and her husband Ashton Mink, 22, alleg...

Jacqueline Mink
Jacqueline Mink, who is charged with conspiring to commit murder and robbery, appeared at her bond hearing Monday via interactive television. Judge Zane Anderson, shown above set her bond at $1 million.

DICKINSON, N.D.

Injuries an Alabama fugitive received after a standoff near Gladstone on June 6 are believed to be self-inflicted, Tom Henning, Stark County state's attorney, said Monday.

Jacquelin Mink, 25, and her husband Ashton Mink, 22, allegedly shot at authorities after a lengthy standoff at a Gladstone farmstead. Authorities reportedly returned fire and both fugitives were injured.

Ashton Mink is believed to have been shot in the hip and hand by authorities, while Jacquelin Mink is believed to have shot herself in the chest, Henning said.

"I just know she was severely wounded -- likely self-inflicted," Henning said.

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Jacquelin Mink is believed to have shot herself once while she was on the ground after Ashton Mink was shot by authorities, Henning said.

He would not say why her injuries are believed to be self-inflicted.

Jacquelin and Ashton Mink, along with Angela Mink, 25, and Joshua Southwick, 26, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. The four were allegedly involved in a robbery at Movie Gallery in Dickinson, a car chase where shots were fired at a Highway Patrol officer and the standoff near Gladstone.

Southwest District Judge Zane Anderson set Jacquelin Mink's bond at $1 million cash on Monday.

"I respect whatever decision is made, Your Honor," Jacquelin Mink said.

Her bond hearing was held via interactive television.

Jacquelin Mink was transported from a Bismarck hospital Friday and all four fugitives are being held at the Southwest Multi County Correction Center in Dickinson.

"I would like to think that these four would be in prison until their ability to mess with anybody or anything has passed," Henning said Monday. "... They clearly proved themselves of not having any respect or don't understand life and all its requirements."

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Jacquelin and Angela Mink are believed to have aided Ashton Mink and Joshua Southwick in their escape from an Alabama prison in May.

"A firearm registered to Miss Mink was found at the scene of the escape," Henning said at Jacquelin's bond hearing. "She appears by every aspect to be a very dangerous individual."

Anderson said since there was a firearm involved in the incident, Jacquelin Mink's potential punishment may be more severe.

Her conspiracy to commit murder charge is a Class A felony, which has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. However Anderson said a dangerous offenders statute may increase the penalty to the possibility of life in prison. He said the maximum penalty for the robbery charge, a Class B felony, could be increased from 10 years to 20 years under the statute.

Henning plans to increase the severity of the Class A felony all four fugitives face to a Class AA, which also has a maximum penalty of life in prison.

He is also planning to file more charges against Ashton and Jacquelin Mink "because they're the ones coming out of that garage shooting."

He is looking at charging them with conspiracy to commit murder or attempted murder or both.

The Dickinson Press and the Herald are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.

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