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UPDATE: Complaint details Nathan Middleton's plot to escape from jail


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Documents filed Wednesday show the Rock County man imprisoned for burning the body of a Fitchburg woman asked other jail inmates and his mother to help him break out of jail.

29-year-old Nathan Middleton was formally charged Wednesday with felony attempted escape.

The criminal complaint shows Middleton talked to other inmates about wanting someone to bring dynamite to blow up a wall of the Rock County Jail.

Investigators say Middleton also wrote a letter to his mother asking her to go online and research explosives that could blow a hole in one of the jail's walls.

In the December 2nd letter, Middleton wrote to his mother, "So if you love me and want me to come home you will do this for me. I will tell you step by step how to do it so you will not get in trouble at all! But you need to get me out of here fast within the next week or so!"

Middleton's letter included a checklist for his mother to prepare for his escape plan. It includes the online research about explosives, along with getting a rental car and taking off its plates, stealing different plates and putting them on the rental car.

Nathan Middleton also wrote that once he was out, he would take his family to Mexico.

Middleton was in jail in connection with the death of Aprina Paul.

Court records show the Evansville man will have to be appointed a new attorney before his cases can proceed.


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Nathan Middleton is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, on accusations he plotted to escape from the Rock County Jail.

Middleton is in jail for hiding and mutilating the body of Aprina Paul. Police say he admitted to the crime, though testing on human remains found at Middleton's Evansville home have yet to officially identify the person.

During routine jail security checks December 2, Rock County Sheriff's detectives say learned of Middleton's plan.  They believe he communicated with other inmates about wanting to escape and tried to contact friends and relatives to help.

Middleton's suspected plans were discovered before he made any escape attempt.  His security status at the jail has been increased and he now faces a charge of solicitation to escape from jail.

If convicted, Middleton faces more than 32 years in prison.

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