NICI inmate surrenders following escape attempt

hole under fence where inmate attempted to escape
The site of the escape attempt

BOISE, Idaho, October 17, 2012 -- An IDOC inmate is facing the possibility of more time in prison as the result of an ill-fated escape attempt at North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood.

On September 22, Ronald Duane Downey, #10377, put on a red shirt like those worn by inmate workers.  He used a shovel to try to dig under NICI’s perimeter fence near the prison’s maintenance shop. A contractor was in the process of burying  power lines at the location.

As Downey dug, a correctional officer noticed he was missing from his living unit, so the officer paged the inmate over the prison’s loudspeaker system. When the inmate heard his name, he raised his head and was cut by the fence’s razor wire.

Downey then returned to his unit, reported his escape attempt and was treated for the laceration.

On May 10, 2012 in Bonner County, Downey was sentenced to three years to eight years for sexual abuse of a child under 16. The sentence was suspended pending his successful completion of a one-year-long sexual offender treatment program.











Story published: 10/17/2012
Print this pagePrint this page