By Staff reports
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Wanted felon now in custody


courtesy PCSO

Jesse Michael Ericson

Jesse Michael Ericson has been captured.

A felony arrest warrant was issued for Ericson, born in 1966, by the Minnesota Department of Corrections for violation of his supervised release in connection to a kidnapping conviction.

In 2012, Ericson was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

The complaint was issued after the East Central Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force received a call from Pine County dispatch about a potential homicide.

According to the complaint, Ericson's plan was to abduct his ex-girlfriend, obtain access to her 401K and IRA and then kill her.

A meeting was arranged with a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) agent who posed as a hit man. Video and audio equipment captured the exchange between Ericson and the agent. Ericson told the agent he wanted him to kidnap his ex-girlfriend and bring her to a location where he could use her sexually. The agent was instructed to hold the ex-girlfriend until her 401K and IRA were transferred into accounts. The hit man could kill her after Ericson had the money. Ericson changed his mind and said he wanted her chained up so he could use her as a sex slave. Money was given to the agent/hit man for the abduction with additional money promised. Law enforcement arrested Ericson and transported him to the Pine County Jail.

Ericson was also charged with criminal sexual conduct and violating orders for protection in separate incidents in Pine County. He also faced charges in Isanti and Becker counties for criminal incidents.

In Pine County he was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, each carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $17,000 fine. Ericson's bail was set at $1 million with no conditions attached to it or $500,000 with conditions.

Judge James Reuter sentenced Ericson to 29 months in prison for the crime.

Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole said Ericson, who had been out of prison since July 31, 2012, on early release, had been living in an intensive supervision placement facility in Hinckley.

On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, the sheriff's office was preparing to approach Ericson with a complaint, when he fled.

The Department of Corrections captured Ericson in Finlayson August 14, Cole told the Hinckley News. He said he has signed a complaint of theft and fraud against Ericson for incidents that have been under investigation.

It is most likely, Cole said, Ericson will return to prison to serve out the remainder of his sentence.


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