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Two Wisconsin prison escapees to remain in Florida to face charges


BROWARD COUNTY, FL (WTAQ) - It might be awhile before two prison escapees return to Wisconsin to face charges in a two-county crime spree.

Officials say James Newman and James Misleveck will complete two court cases in Florida first. And then they’ll be returned to Wisconsin to face charges in Jackson and Monroe counties.

Both men agreed to waive extradition to Wisconsin during a court hearing Thursday. But Kim Fontana of the Broward County State Attorney’s office says both will remain in custody there until their charges are settled – and then they’ll face charges in Tampa for allegedly beating a 71-year-old convenience store clerk during a hold-up.

Authorities said the 29-year-old Newman and 18-year-old Misleveck were just weeks away from being released from the Wisconsin prison boot camp at Black River Falls when they walked out on July 17th.

Authorities said they then stole four vehicles and a shotgun, kidnapped a casino worker, and led officers on a chase and a manhunt. The two then went to Florida where authorities said they attacked the gas station clerk before going to a casino in Hollywood, where police had to chase them down before they were finally arrested on July 25th.