MANDAN, North Dakota — Four teenagers accused of attacking a guard and escaping from the Youth Correctional Center near Mandan about a year ago have pleaded guilty to several felony charges and sentenced to prison time.
Emmanuel Hunter III, 18, and Kyran Johnson, 17, each was sentenced Tuesday to serve four years in prison and five years on supervised probation on charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit escape, escape and conspiracy to commit theft. All are Class C felonies that carry a maximum punishment of five years in prison.
Terrick Kern, 18, and Bobby Divine, 18, each was sentenced to serve 2 ½ years in prison and three years of supervised probation on charges of conspiracy to commit escape, escape and conspiracy to commit theft.
The four boys, along with a fifth who was 15 years old at the time, escaped on Dec. 9, 2012, by placing a member of the YCC night staff in a chokehold and hitting him in the head, knocking him unconscious, authorities said. The boys then stole the officer's facility and vehicle keys and locked him in a room. Authorities said earlier that the officer was not seriously hurt.
The boys then damaged the vehicle to prevent tracking, removed and discarded the license plates, and fled, court documents say.
Hunter, Johnson and Kern were arrested the next day after an automobile crash in Fargo. Divine and the fifth boy were arrested three days later in Minot after the father of one of the boys turned them in to police The fifth boy was not charged in adult court.
It is not known why the boys were at YCC, since juvenile criminal records are closed to the public.