Attempted Escape Charges Filed Against Washburn County Inmate

Friday, February 16, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |

An inmate of the Washburn County Jail has been charged with Attempted Escape and Criminal Damage to Property.

Tyler Milton, of Shell Lake, WI, has been charged with Class H Felony Attempt to Escape from custody, and Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property after an incident on January 5, 2018.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Washburn County Circuit Court, a Jail Deputy was outside the Washburn County Jail and Courthouse complex when he heard a noise and then saw a silhouette in the window of one of the cell blocks. The Jail Deputy re-entered the Jail and went to the cell block where he had observed the silhouette and where he knew that Tyler Milton was being housed.

Upon being confronted, Milton handed over an allen wrench and allegedly stated to the Jail Deputy that he had been caught “red-handed”. 

The criminal complaint goes on to state that when Milton was interviewed by Washburn County Law Enforcement, he allegedly said that he noticed 2 loose screws on the window of his cell and got those screws out by hand. Milton then pulled the inner plexiglass of the window almost completely out in an attempt to grab one of the bars of the window. During this process, caulking around the window was also pulled off. Milton said that he found the allen wrench between the inner and outer glass of the window and that he was attempting to use the allen wrench to repair the window.

Milton allegedly said that he didn’t say anything to the Jail Deputies when he first noticed the loose screws because he didn’t want to get blamed for damage to the Jail’s property as he is already facing charges in a previous case for allegedly causing damage to Jail property. 

An inmate housed in the same cell block as Milton told Law Enforcement that the day before this incident, he and Milton were in a general purpose room and that Milton said he had found a key, and that later, Milton told this inmate that it was actually an allen wrench that he had found.

The criminal complaint goes on to state that Milton had access to the general purpose room when he was performing tasks such as washing the floors, and that an allen wrench was concealed in the general purpose room for use by Law Enforcement when needed.

During his interview with Law Enforcement, Milton also allegedly stated that he had recently watched a show in which an inmate escapes from a corrections facility and travels to another country from which he could not be extradited back to the United States.  However, Milton went on to state that although he knew this situation didn’t “look good”, he was definitely not trying to escape.

The maximum penalty for a charge of Class H Felony Attempt to Escape from custody is Imprisonment for not more than 3 years, a maximum fine of $5,000, or both. previously reported that Milton is facing charges of Class C 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child stemming from an incident in July 2016 when Milton allegedly had sexual intercourse with a female victim who was 14 years old at the time.

In addition to this recently filed criminal case, and the sexual assault charges, Milton is facing numerous other criminal charges in Washburn County Circuit Court in several other criminal cases, including two counts of Class H Felony Battery or Threat to Law Enforcement Officers, Class I Felony Throw or Discharge Bodily Fluid at a Public Safety Worker, Class I Felony Interfere with Fire Alarms or Fighters, Class H Felony Battery by Prisoners, Class H Felony Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Theft, multiple counts of Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property, multiple counts of Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct.

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections website indicates that Milton was released from Dodge Correctional Facility in August 2017 after serving a sentence on convictions for Class I Felony Prisoner Throw/Expel Bodily Substances and Class H Felony Battery by Prisoners in Lincoln County according to online circuit court records.

A bail bond hearing was held for Milton in Washburn County Circuit Court in August 2017 at which time he was placed on a cash bail bond and he has remained in custody since that time. An Initial Appearance hearing was held on February 9, 2018 regarding Milton’s most recent criminal charges and is to appear next for a preliminary examination hearing.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Shell Lake Man Charged With 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

A 19-year-old Shell Lake, WI man faces charges of 2nd-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 16.

According to the criminal complaint, Washburn County Sheriff's Office investigators received a complaint that in July of 2016, Tyler Milton of Shell Lake, WI had sexual contact with a female victim born in 2002.

Interviews with the victim revealed that Milton visited the victim on at least two occasions at the Trego Park where she was residing with her mother. The victim stated to investigators that Milton rode his bike to meet her. Milton reportedly had conversations with the victim about their future together, talking about having children and buying a home. The victim's mother left the camper where the victim was living with her mother and then Milton proceeded to have sexual intercourse with the victim.

The first and second incident were within a week of each other according to the victim's statements to investigators. The criminal complaint continues stating that after the second incident, the mother of the victim became aware of what had happened due to hearing statements made by the victim to a friend of hers. The mother took the victim to see a doctor and advised Milton that he was no longer welcome at their residence. The mother of the victim also told investigators that Milton later came to another residence where she and the victim were visiting. She stated that they had Milton removed from the property.

Milton has been charged in Washburn County Circuit Court with two counts of Class C Felony2ndDegree Sexual Assault of a Child. If convicted of these charges, Milton could face a total of 40 years confinement in State Prison on each count.

Public record shows that Milton also has other pending criminal charges in Washburn County Circuit Court. In one case filed on September 14, 2016, Milton is charged with Class H Felony Battery or Threat to a Judge, Prosecutor or Law Enforcement Officer, and Class B Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. In yet another open Washburn County Case filed on September 16, 2016, Milton is charged with Class H Felony Bail Jumping and Class B Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct.

Milton also has charges in a separate Washburn County Circuit Court Case filed on November 8, 2016 for Battery or Threat to a Judge, Prosecutor or Law Enforcement Officer, a Class H Felony; Throw/Discharge Bodily Fluids at Public Safety Worker or Prosecutor, a Class I Felony; Interfere with Fire Fighting – Alarm/Fighters, a Class I Felony; Criminal Damage to Property, a Class A Misdemeanor; and Disorderly Conduct, a Class B Misdemeanor. In another case filed on November 8, 2016, in Washburn County Circuit Court against Milton, he is charged with Class A Misdemeanor Theft of Movable Property.

Milton is due in Washburn County Circuit Court again on May 3, 2017.

According to public record, Milton was previously convicted in Lincoln County Wisconsin Circuit Court on August 23, 2016, for Class H Felony Battery by Prisoners in one case and in a separate Lincoln County case he was convicted on the same date for Class I Felony Prisoner Throw/Expel Bodily Substances. Milton was also convicted in a Dane County Circuit Court case in January 2017 for Class I Felony Prisoner Throw/Expel Bodily Substances.

Milton originally received probation for his Lincoln and Dane County convictions, however, public record shows that on March 21, 2017, his probation was revoked on his Lincoln County convictions and he was sentenced to 1 year in state prison followed by 2 years of extended supervision.

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