A man who in December broke out of a lock-down facility in Casper did so with the assistance of a staff member, court documents allege.
Staff at Casper Re-Entry Center discovered Dec. 28 that Richard T. Fountaine II had gone missing from a secure unit of the facility. Fountaine was serving a sentence in the facility after being convicted of burglary.
Certain inmates at the facility are allowed out for parts of the day to go to work. Those inmates will sometimes fail to return to the facility when they are expected back.
Fountaine, however, did not simply fail to return. According to a search warrant request filed by law enforcement Dec. 29 in Natrona County Circuit Court, Fountaine climbed a wall and chain-link fence before getting into an SUV and leaving the area.
Law enforcement believe Kimberly Belcher, who worked at the facility, helped Fountaine escape. The search warrant request states that Belcher gave Fountaine a cellphone while he was in the facility.
The warrant request did not include any explanation for Belcher’s actions.
After Fountaine made his escape, his brother told law enforcement that Belcher and Fountaine were traveling to Texas together, the warrant request states. As of Wednesday, Fountaine and Belcher were still missing.
The Casper Re-Entry Center is a privately owned and operated facility that houses inmates completing prison stints. It sometimes serves as an enhancement to probationary sentences. The Wyoming Department of Corrections contracts with the GEO Group, a private prison company, to house inmates in the facility.
In recent years, other workers at the facility have made news after prosecutors accused them of having sexual encounters with inmates.