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Leider charged in connection with Hardin jailbreak

Casey Leider
Posted at 2:45 PM, Feb 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-16 19:56:31-05

BILLINGS — The Big Horn County Attorney said the four inmates involved in the jail escape eight days ago will be charged with four crimes.

Casey Leider helped three inmates escape from the detention center on Friday, February 7, according to Big Horn County Attorney Jay Harris.

At around 10:04 p.m., the Sheriff's office responded after receiving a phone call of gunshots at a trailer park, which pulled several deputies away from the jailbreak and aided in the escape of three inmates.

Court documents state that Leider, Stephen Caplett, Anthony Castro, and Andrew Parham then lured the one on-duty detention officer into a cell. They then allegedly assaulted him, took his jail keys, and then restrained the dispatcher.

Harris states that Caplett, Castro, and Parham, escaped while Leider stayed behind and let the other inmates out of their cells.

Leider, 28, faces four felony charges: Assault on a Peace Officer by Accountability, Aggravated Kidnapping, Criminal Mischief, and Riot.

Caplett and Castro were arrested earlier in the week. Robert Burgess was also arrested for providing transportation to the escapees.

Parham is still at large,

Authorities are also looking for Odessa Cottier, who Harris said made the phone call about he fake shooting.

FEB 8: Three inmates not accounted for after Big Horn County jailbreak
FEB 11: Inmates tricked and assaulted a guard to escape Hardin jail
FEB 11: 2 of 3 escapees from Big Horn County jail captured
FEB 16: 2 people charged for helping inmates escape Big Horn County jail