MAQUOKETA — After an unshackled jail inmate fled custody this week, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is revising its policies for taking inmates to and from the courthouse.
Sheriff Russ Kettmann said Brandon M. Bodenhofer, 32, was arrested at 6:30 a.m Monday on charges of interference with official acts, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a prescription medication. Magistrate Brad Boffelli set Bodenhofer’s bond at $7,500 during a Monday court appearance.
Kettmann said Bodenhofer was being escorted back to the jail after that hearing when he fled from Deputy Steve Schroeder’s custody. Bodenhofer was not shackled during the walk to and from the courthouse, which is across the street from the jail. Maquoketa police officers and Iowa State Patrol troopers joined deputies in their search for Bodenhofer, but he was still at large as of Wednesday.
Kettmann said Bodenhofer is the first inmate in his memory that escaped from custody while not shackled. He said the department only had been using shackles for transporting more-violent offenders, but from now on, all inmates will be shackled for transport to and from the courthouse. He admitted the department had “screwed up.”
Because of Bodenhofer’s criminal history, Kettmann believes his department will soon find him again, he said. He asked anyone with information on Bodenhofer to contact the department and emphasized Bodenhofer is not considered dangerous.
There are warrants out for Bodenhofer on new charges of interference with official acts, escape and burglary in the third degree.