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Inmate hurt after jumping from 2nd level at jail

A jail inmate is recovering at St. Cloud Hospital after he jumped off the second level in a cell area at the Crow Wing County Jail. 

The inmate, Larry Richard Hackler Jr., 45, was injured on Sept. 9 after he attempted to jump from a second level onto a corrections officer on the first level, according to a complaint filed in Crow Wing County District Court. 

Hackler, who was being booked into the jail on charges of felony imprisonment, felony second-degree assault, felony terroristic threats and gross misdemeanor obstructing justice, now also faces a charge of felony fourth-degree assault of a corrections employee.

Hackler was transported to St. Cloud Hospital, where Monday he was reported in good condition. The nature of Hackler’s injuries weren’t known. The jail cannot release medical information on inmates, Lt. Heath Fosteson, assistant jail administrator said.

According to the complaint filed against Hackler:

• While he was being escorted to his cell by a corrections officer, Hackler was told to sit down at a table while his cell was being unlocked. 

• Hackler set his things down and proceeded to the steps leading to the second level of the jail pod. When the corrections officer yelled at Hackler to stop, Hackler ran up the stairs and climbed over the railing. 

• The corrections officer proceeded to a position on the first level in front of Hackler. Hackler then intentionally launched himself at the corrections officer and collided with him. 

Fosteson said the corrections officer suffered minor injuries and has recovered. 

Hackler’s next court appearance is an omnibus hearing at 9 a.m. on Dec. 19. 

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.