Former John Burke Inmate Given Year In Prison For Attempting To Flee To Michigan

(Waupun) A former John C. Burke Correctional inmate was sentenced to a year in prison for failing to return with a prison transport van he was driving to pick up other inmates. Joshua Bonin entered a guilty plea to felony count of Escape. Bonin was tasked with picking up two other inmates working at Taycheedah Correctional in May.

While in route, Bonin parked at the Fond du Lac Walmart. Authorities located the vehicle with the ignition off, doors locked and state issued clothing on the front seat. Walmart security cameras captured Bonin changing clothes before entering the store wearing a mask. Bonin left roughly 20 minutes later and was seen walking to the back of a nearby pet store.

As deputies were returning the transport van, they spotted Bonin walking on Military Road and he was taken into custody. Bonin told investigators he was headed for the railroad to hitch a ride and if he made it, they would have never found him. He admitted his plans to cash in a hidden coin collection in Michigan to give to relatives. Bonin was serving time for a 2011 conviction for Armed Robbery in Marinette County. The 35-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for one year.