Bozeman man pleads guilty, helped escaped suspect

2014-07-22T11:20:00Z 2014-07-24T00:44:46Z Bozeman man pleads guilty, helped escaped suspectThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 22, 2014 11:20 am  • 

BOZEMAN — A Bozeman man has pleaded guilty to his role in helping an attempted rape suspect after the man fled police custody.

Tristan Kane Anacker pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of justice during a hearing before District Judge Holly Brown on Tuesday. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss an evidence tampering charge.

Anacker was one of five people charged with assisting 28-year-old Kevin Briggs, who was arrested early on Feb. 1 on suspicion of strangling and trying to rape his former girlfriend. Briggs walked out of an unlocked interview room at the police station and went to an apartment shared by Anacker and Andrew Kranker. Two other people were staying there.

Anacker said he had seen alerts sent out by Montana State University about Briggs' escape, but that Briggs had told him they were lies.

Prosecutors say one person helped Briggs cut off his handcuffs and he used Anacker's phone to call someone in Helena. They say he used another person's computer and the group called a fifth person to drive Briggs to Missoula.

Briggs remained on the run for nearly three weeks. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Portland, Oregon, on Feb. 21. He has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault, attempted sexual intercourse without consent, assault on a peace officer, escape, failing to register as a sex offender and possession of dangerous drugs.

Briggs remains jailed in lieu of $1.25 million bond.

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