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Inmate may not do time for assaulting officers, proceeding with civil commitment

BEMIDJI -- The man who assaulted two corrections officers at the Beltrami County Jail last Friday may not face time for his crime.

Nakayland Yost, 20, of Bemidji appeared in Beltrami County District Court Wednesday for a preliminary civil commitment hearing. Yost waived his right to proceed with further hearings, which means he has agreed to be committed.

Yost’s court appointed attorney, Terisa Roemer confirmed he does not have any more court hearings. His commitment hearing scheduled for April 18 has been cancelled. Yost was scheduled to appear Monday for his probation violation and assault on the officers.

When Judge John Melbye asked Yost if he understood the proceedings, Yost replied, “A little bit … I agree.”

Yost is scheduled to be transferred to Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center for an assessment. He was still in the Beltrami County Jail Thursday afternoon.

Yost was arrested on a warrant on Feb. 20 for disorderly conduct and damage to property charges from an incident in March 2013. His criminal history includes another damage to property offense in Hubbard County in August.

According to court documents, Yost was placed on supervised probation on May 22. On April 3, Yost’s probation agent received a call from Yost’s mother, Jennifer, who reported Yost had been coming into her bedroom, holding his hand up and saying “bang.”

His mother said he had been smoking marijuana, according to court documents. A urinalysis tested positive for the drug and Yost was placed under arrest and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

The following day, April 4, Yost reportedly asked corrections officers if they wanted to fight and rushed at them. In the assault, he was able to obtain an officer’s taser and ran toward the jail control room. Court documents state he aimed the taser at corrections officers. Before he was contained, Yost had hit one officer in the nose causing him to bleed.

Yost was charged with fourth-degree assault on correctional employees or probation officer. The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. Criminal files are placed on inactive status once an inmate has been committed to an institution.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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