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Court document: Middleton asks mother to explode jail wall

Officials say 29-year-old referenced escape in phone call, letter

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Court document: Middleton asks mother to explode jail wall

The man accused of burning a woman's body at his Evansville home asked his mother to blow a hole in a cement wall with explosives to help him escape jail, according to court documents received Thursday.

According to a criminal complaint, Nathan Middleton, 29, wrote his mother a letter from Rock County Jail, where he's been incarcerated since Nov. 20 in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond, asking her to help him break out. Officials said in the letter, Middleton asked his mother to "blow (the window) out with something that will blow a big hole in it for me to get out of it."

"We have him plotting an escape, attempting, but we do not have any information that she did anything to assist him at this point," Rock County District Attorney David O'Leary said.

Middleton also wrote a checklist for his mother to help him escape, according to the complaint. He instructed her to look online for explosives, switch the plates on a rental car and leave it running outside the jail for him with a change of clothes inside.

In the afternoon on Dec. 2, a detective listening to a phone call from Middleton to his mother said Middleton referenced the letter, telling her "if you can't do what's in that letter I'm just going to end it," according to the document.

An inmate had also told a correctional officer on Dec. 1 that Middleton was planning an escape, had asked other inmates for help, including bringing dynamite to blow up the wall of the jail unit where Middleton is housed.

Middleton, of Evansville, has been in custody on charges connected to burning the body of 18-year-old Aprina Paul, of Fitchburg, in a backyard fire pit in late October.

Middleton will be back in court Monday to continue his adjourned initial appearance.

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