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Redby man sentenced for harboring a fugitive

MINNEAPOLIS — A Redby man was sentenced in federal court Monday for harboring a man following a late 2011 armed robbery at a Bemidji convenience store.

Andrew Oakgrove, 23, will serve two and a half years in prison for the crime of harboring and concealing a  fugitive, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Oakgrove helped to hide Jason Lee King, 22, from authorities after King robbed Newby’s Market on Dec. 30, 2011. King, who held up a clerk at the store with a sawed-off shotgun, was sentenced in January to 11 years in prison. A little less than $1,500 was taken in the robbery.

It is unclear if Oakgrove was the second man who helped King to rob the store that night, but the release stated Oakgrove helped to conceal King from police, at some point leading them on a high speed chase following the robbery.

After being taken into custody, King was later on his way to Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji when he escaped a corrections officer. He then fled to the Red Lake Indian Reservation where Oakgrove helped to hide the man, Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said.

A manhunt ensued, and various police agencies including Hodapp’s office, the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms worked to bring King into custody.

Oakgrove pleaded guilty to harboring King in February.