Williston inmate sought after escaping

Preston Sonstegaard

WILLISTON, N.D. — An inmate escaped custody of the Williams County Correctional Center while being treated at the Mercy Medical Center emergency room in Williston shortly before 2 a.m. today, authorities said.

Preston Sonstegaard, who was being held on probation revocation charges, was last seen wearing black and white striped jail pants, no shoes and no shirt, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sonstegaard is a registered sex offender who is listed as low-risk, according to the state’s sex offender registry. He was convicted in Williams County of continual sexual abuse of a child in 2009.

He is about 25 years old, 5-foot-6, 125 pounds and has blue eyes. The public is asked to immediately dial 911 if they see Sonstegaard.

One thought on “Williston inmate sought after escaping

  1. Seriously? This is awesome. Yet ANOTHER inmate escaping from the Williams County Jail? If anyone is shocked by this… you are sorely mistaken on the abilities of the incapable people they have working on “protecting the public” from the criminally minded. They would have a better job letting the inmates run that jail, than they do keeping them inside!!! How about we get some people in there that give a damn about the public huh? Is that to much to ask?

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