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Two more people accused of helping a man elude capture after he escaped from the Yellowstone County jail have been charged in District Court.

William Patrick Korte, 50, and Lavonne Louise Principe, 40, pleaded not guilty Monday to felony obstruction of justice. Both were released without bond after arraignment.

Korte and Principe are accused of helping George Allen Cooper to hide after he escaped from the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on April 28 by squeezing through a narrow window in his cell. Cooper was arrested a week later and was charged with felony escape. He was in jail awaiting trial on eight counts of robbery.

Cooper's girlfriend, Julene "Robin" Korte, and her mother, Julene Theriault, also were charged with felony obstruction of justice. Robin Korte is being held in the county jail on $25,000 bond. Theriault's bond was set at $10,000.

William Korte is Julene Korte's father and Julene Theriault's ex-husband. Principe is William Korte's girlfriend.

Prosecutors allege in court records that William Korte and Principe let Cooper hide in an attic of their apartment building at 844 Ave. D when a sheriff's deputy arrived looking for Cooper on the day he escaped. William Korte also is accused of giving Cooper a ride to Lockwood after the deputy left the apartment.

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