UPDATE: Man Sentenced for Escaping Northwoods Prison

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UPDATE: Tues 10:44 AM, May 13, 2014

A murderer convicted of walking away from Camp McNaughton State Prison on last October, will spend another two years in prison, on top of a life sentence he's already serving.

Todd Brecht reached a plea deal with prosecutors in February, avoiding a jury trial.

Investigators say Brecht, 54, used cabs and a Greyhound bus to travel more than 1,500 miles away. Brecht was arrested three days later in Orlando, Florida.

Brecht was previously convicted of of killing his brother-in-law in1986.

UPDATE: Thurs 4:02 PM, Nov. 14, 2013

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department says they are not sure where a convicted murderer was headed when he was arrested in Florida after walking away from a northwoods prison.

Investigators say Todd Brecht, 54, used cabs and a Greyhound bus to travel more than 1,500 miles away from the Camp McNaughton State Prison on October 1.

Brecht was arrested on a bus on October 4 and was extradited back to Oneida Co.

He remains behind bars on a $50,000 cash bond.

He'll return to court on December 6 to learn if he case will head to trial.

UPDATE: Mon 4:07 PM, Nov. 4, 2013

A convicted murderer who walked away from Camp McNaughton State Prison on October 1 was formally charged Monday in Oneida County Circuit Court.

Todd Brecht, 54, had been serving a life sentence for the 1986 death of his brother-in-law when he failed to return from work release.

Brecht was arrested three days later in Orlando, Florida.

Brecht remains in the Oneida County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.

UPDATE: Saturday, Oct 5, 2013. 9:25am.

Todd A. Brecht, the convicted murderer who walked away from a Northwoods Prison work site, has been apprehended in Orlando, Florida. See the Press Release from the Sheriff's Department Below.

Town of Lake Tomahawk - On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at approximately 7:31 p.m., the Oneida County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting a walkway from Camp McNaughton State Prison. The camp reported that Todd A. Brecht, age 54 walked away from a job site located at 9041 Hwy 70 in Vilas County at approximately 12:00 p.m.

Todd Brecht has been apprehended without incident in Orlando, Florida, following an investigation into his whereabouts.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office was assisted in this investigation by the Vilas County Sheriff's Office, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Clark County Sheriff's Office, the Bayfield County Sheriff's Office, the Bayfield Police Department, the Redcliff Tribal Police Department, and the Orlando Florida Police Department.

Sheriff Grady Hartman stated, "I would like to thank all agencies for their cooperative investigative assistance, which lead to the apprehension of the suspect.

UPDATE: Fri 11:16 AM, Oct. 4, 2013

A man convicted of murdering his brother-in-law in 1986 is facing new criminal charges after not returning to McNaughton Prison in Lake Tomahawk after work release.

Todd Brecht, 54, had been working at the St. Germain Golf Course and was to be picked up from the course at 4:30 p.m. He was not there when his ride arrived. An employee said they last spotted him at 1 p.m. that day.

Brecht was transferred to McNaughton Prison in 2010.

The Oneida County District Attorney has filed a charge of escaping criminal arrest.

If you see Todd Brecht you're asked to call police.

ORIGINAL STORY: Tue 10:32 PM, Oct. 01, 2013

A convicted murderer is missing after he walked away from a work site on Tuesday in Vilas County.

The Oneida County Sheriff says 54-year-old Todd Brecht is an inmate at the Camp McNaughton State Prison. He was at a work site located at 9041 Highway 70 in Vilas Co. when he walked away about noon.

Brecht is described as 5'6" weighing 160 lbs. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

According to a press release, Brecht is currently serving a life sentence for a 1986 murder in Buffalo Co. He was convicted of shooting his brother-in-law in the back during an argument with a .22 caliber rifle on 10/17/85.

If you have any information, you are asked to call your local law enforcement.

The Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office, Vilas CO. Sheriff's Office, and the Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections are investigating the case.

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