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A man accused of aiding the attempted jailbreak of an accused murderer by grabbing and choking a female detention officer was charged Friday in Yellowstone County Justice Court.

Joshua David Heafner, 28, appeared before Judge Larry Herman by video from the county jail on felony charges of assault on a peace officer and attempted escape by accountability.

Herman set bond at $100,000. He ordered the amount consecutive to the previous bond of $100,000 set when Heafner was charged in March with assault following a 90-minute standoff with police.

According to court records, Heafner and Simon Elliot Jacobson were in the jail visiting area on April 19 speaking to different people. Jacobson, who is being held on numerous charges, including murder, kidnapping and robbery, posed for a picture with Heafner during the visit, court records state.

Shortly after a woman visiting with Jacobson took their picture, Heafner grabbed a female detention officer by the hair and began choking her, prosecutors allege.

As Heafner wrestled with the officer, Jacobson is accused of "mule-kicking" the thick glass divider between inmates and visitors in the jail.

When other officers arrived in the room, Heafner "took a defensive stance near Jacobson as Jacobson continued to kick at the window," court records state.

An officer used a Taser to stop Jacobson. Heafner charged the officer and tried to swat the Taser out of his hand.

Officers were able to gain control of the two men and end the escape attempt, court records state.

Deputy County Attorney Ed Zink said Friday that Jacobson will be charged later for the attempted escape. He is being held in the jail on a $1 million bond for the Jan. 17 kidnapping and murder of Dejuan Laster.



State courts reporter for the Billings Gazette.