Montana residents are asked to be on the lookout for Mikel and Jotera Knick, who are considered armed and dangerous by the U.S. Marshals Service in Montana.
Both are wanted by the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force.
Mikel Knick, 32, is an escapee from Billings Alpha House pre-release facility, stemming from the original charges of negligent homicide and kidnapping. He is described as a white male, 6’, 180 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.
Jotera Knick, 36, is wanted for probation violation. She is described as a female Native American, 5’7", 115 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. According to state prison records, she has convictions for kidnapping by accountability and issuing a bad check.
Mikel Knick has threatened that he will not got back to prison. If you have information about Mikel or Jotera, you're asked to call the U.S. Marshals Service at 406-247-7030 or your local law enforcement agency.
The U.S. Marshals Services issued a formal BOLO Alert for Mikel Knick on Sept 22, and on Monday the agency added Jotera Knick to the BOLO Alert.
Knick was convicted in 2011 for the death of a man he suspected stole from his Forsyth home. Knick punched the victim in the head several times, causing him to die.
Knick arrived at the prerelease program in Billings in July.
Post by Scumhunter on Sept 29, 2015 23:03:00 GMT -5
Thoughts? Any time you have a guy threaten to not want to go back to prison it heightens the danger. The question for me is I read the way he escaped was he walked away while on a staff-supervised trip to Wal-Mart.
Why the heck is a convicted killer (I also read his original sentence was 24 years) on an outing and if this was supposedly staff-supervised, how the heck did he just simply walk away?
Post by HeadMarshal on Sept 30, 2015 21:09:52 GMT -5
Wonderful idea, take a convicted murderer who is still an inmate on a trip to Wal-Mart, even while under the watchful eye of prison officials, that puts all the customers and employees of the Wal-Mart in danger. Obviously he wasn't put under great surveillance as he still managed to escape. An internal review of this practice needs to be conducted.
Last Edit: Sept 30, 2015 21:11:35 GMT -5 by HeadMarshal
This story is so shocking... The system fails us, yet again. Question... What in the what is an INMATE doing at a Wal-Mart? Prerelease facility on a 24 year sentence; say what?!?!! I understand his frustration of someone stealing from him. Though his reaction wasn't justifiable at all. He should've simply allowed the laws to take care of it. He simply walked away? No one saw him? When did the staff notice him missing... Or, how long had he been missing before they noticed? Sounds kinda like a set up, if you ask me... How do you loose an inmate? Wasn't he supposed to be in cuffs an possibly shackles? Wal-Mart surveillance cameras... Did they not capture any of his movement from inside the store to outside the store? Did they catch him getting in the car with someone? Did he simply just walk away? Where were the guards that were supposed to be supervising him when he, "simply walked away"? Are they still employed? I sure as heck hope not! The facility that he was housing at should be at fault as well; allowing this "Trip" to Wal-Mart to even take place. The warden, major, captain, lieutenant, sergeant an on down, should all be reevaluated!! He could've went on a rampage an killed everyone in the city, cause they were simply being careless.
I believe that the guy was stealing from him is why he convicted of negligent homicide and not first-degree murder. Not justifying the killing, but it seems Mikel got angry and beat the guy, not intending to kill the guy but that's what ended up happening. I understand why he was upset, but it's an example of why you should never take the law into your own hands.
Thankfully he's back behind bars but there are a lot of internal measures that need to take place to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.