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Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Offender walks away from CIP


Offender Richard James O’Reilly, age 51, walked away from the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) in Willow River at approximately 8:30 p.m. February 25, reports the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

O’Reilly was incarcerated for counterfeiting/fraud.

The CIP is for nonviolent offenders, and consists of three phases. Phase 1 is a highly-structured and intensive boot camp. Components include chemical dependency treatment, education, cognitive skills, restorative justice, physical training, military bearing, drill, and ceremony, work crew and transition preparation. O’Reilly has been in CIP Phase 1 since November 2013.

Phases 2 and 3 are intensive, close supervision in the community. Following successful completion of all three phases, offenders are placed on supervised release for the remainder of their sentence. Failure to complete CIP phases 2 or 3 may result in a return to prison, extending an offender’s period of incarceration.

According to the Pine County Sheriff's Office, Pine County deputies and members of the DOC Fugitive Unit searched the area into the early morning hours. On February 26 at 8:30 a.m., they went to a home located on Military Road in the Sturgeon Lake area believing the fugitive may be inside as the fugitive was an acquaintance of the homeowner. The homeowner confirmed the fugitive had been there but had since left.

At 11:15 a.m. the homeowner called Pine County 911 stating the fugitive had returned to the house and was now inside. Deputies set up a perimeter around the house and contacted the homeowner. The homeowner then led the fugitive out to the deputies. O'Reilly was taken into custody without incident.


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