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Murder Suspect Captured Shoeless

May 29, 1989

SHELL LAKE, Wis. (AP) _ A teen-ager awaiting trial in the shooting deaths of his parents was captured with a companion Sunday, a day after they broke out of jail.

The Washburn County sheriff’s office said the fugitives were still in jail uniforms and were shoeless when they surrendered without resistance to policeman Don Esser in Spooner, about six miles north of the jail.

Todd A. York, 18, of rural Spooner and Keith Thompson, 17, of Trego were discovered missing Saturday morning, said Sheriff Don Fuller. They had used hacksaw blades to cut through the bars of a jail window, Fuller said.

York faces an Oct. 2 trial in Circuit Court on charges that he murdered his parents last September after overhearing them talk about enrolling him in a drug counseling program.

The sheriff’s office said Spooner police were notified someone had seen two young men fitting the fugitives’ descriptions. They were found about 1:30 p.m. behind a bottling plant and were taken to Burnett County Jail in Grantsburg.

York was later transferred to Douglas County Jail in Superior.

Fuller said law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin and in neighboring states had been alerted to the jail break.

″All they had on was jail coveralls and small sandals - almost barefoot,″ the sheriff said.

York and Thompson had been cellmates since May 13, when Thompson was jailed on a burglary charge and for probation violation, Fuller said.

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