Dean Randloph Jess

Dean Randloph Jess

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A prisoner escaped from the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge at approximately 11 a.m. today, the prison said in a written statement.

Dean Randolph Jess was on a service call for his job with Motor Vehicle Maintenance when he left prison property. The vehicle Jess was driving was found abandoned on the southern perimeter of the prison ranch.

Prison spokeswoman Linda Moodry said Jess's mode and direction of travel are unknown.

Jess, 42, is white, has green eyes and a shaved head and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and pants. He stands 5 feet 10 inches tall, has a medium build and weighs 180 pounds.

The Montana Department of Corrections considers all escapees dangerous, and urges the public to call local law enforcement if they see Jess.

Jess had worked in motor vehicle maintenance since September 2006.

In 2005, Jess was sentenced to 55 years in prison by Park County District Court Judge Nels Swandal for two counts of incest and one count of failing to register as a sexual offender. In a plea agreement, Jess admitted to twice raping a 10-year-old female relative in 2004 and early 2005.

Jess had previously been convicted of a 1992 violent rape in Washington.

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