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Escapee calls newspaper before turning himself in

Escapee calls newspaper before turning himself in



A Butte man who walked away from the Helena Prerelease Center in October turned himself in to authorities in Butte Thursday, but not before telling The Montana Standard he wished he could get help for his meth addiction behind bars.

“I think at some point we should get help instead of just throwing us in a cage,” said Joseph Roy Segna, 24, who was arrested in Butte in December 2014 after leading police on a high-speed chase.

A woman who identified herself as a supporter of Segna’s called the Standard Thursday morning to say he would turn himself into the probation office in Butte at 1 p.m.

She put him on the phone and later, just after he turned himself in, verified it was him on the phone. She said she didn’t know where he had been since walking out of the Helena Prerelease Center on Oct. 3 but that he was “a good kid” and wanted help for his addiction.

Annette Carter, acting regional administrator at the Butte probation office, said he turned himself in and was polite. She said people frequently turn themselves in for probation or parole violations, but most escapees are caught shortly after escaping, so Thursday’s development was uncommon.

Segna said earlier he had been sober for 30 days.

“Basically I’m asking to be rehabilitated in the Butte community,” he said. “I’m not saying that I have never done anything wrong in my life, but I believe when they have us … there are a lot of promises, but you never seem them.

“I just feel like at some point this system needs to help us.”

Butte police were looking for Segna for a probation violation Dec. 3, 2014, when they spotted him outside a house on South Wyoming Street and tried to pull him over. He led them on a high-speed chase before getting out and running.

He was caught and arrested on the warrant and additional complaints of criminal endangerment for putting officers and a passenger at risk during the pursuit.

Judy Beck, communications director for the Montana Department of Corrections, said extensive chemical dependency treatment is provided in state prisons and a number of community-based programs where probation offices are located. There also are nine-month programs for men and women, although there are waiting lists to get in.


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