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Theran Stai

Inmate’s broken jaw draws questions, criticism

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BEMIDJI — The Beltrami County Jail has come under scrutiny for the treatment of a mentally ill inmate in September.

Conflicting reports have been given on how Theran Stai sustained a broken jaw while under the watch of jail staff and why he was released from custody.


Did Stai fall, or was he assaulted?

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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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