Two women who walked away from Billings prerelease programs were each sentenced Monday to three years at the Montana Women’s Prison for felony escape.
Autumn Doris Yamelst previously admitted she left Passages prerelease in Billings on July 7, 2013, without permission. Billings police arrested her on Oct. 1. She was serving a drug sentence for a conviction in Lake County.
Megan Michelle Yuhas also previously admitted to absconding from a Billings prerelease program. She was serving time for convictions in Beaverhead, Cascade and Gallatin counties for felony drug possession and leaving an accident that involved a personal injury or death.
Charging documents say she was being taken last Oct. 10 to Billings Clinic for an apparent medical problem when she told a transport officer “I am sorry, but I have to do this” and then jumped out of the transport van and ran away. The Montana Violent Offender Task Force arrested her Nov. 1 in Billings.