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Grand Forks inmate adds to long list of crimes

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks jail inmate has been charged after video captured him bending parts of two cell doors so they wouldn't lock, according to court documents.Billy Ray Hackler, 58, was charged Thursday in Grand Forks District Court with ...

GRAND FORKS - A Grand Forks jail inmate has been charged after video captured him bending parts of two cell doors so they wouldn’t lock, according to court documents.
Billy Ray Hackler, 58, was charged Thursday in Grand Forks District Court with criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor.
He’s been in court on other charges recently, including for leading police on a chase and for abandoning more than two dozen cats in his Grand Forks apartment.
On the morning of Feb. 5, video at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center shows Hackler putting an object into the hinges of cell doors and then pushing against the door, using the door’s weight as leverage to bend the hinges, according to a court document. Once the hinges were bent, the doors couldn’t completely close or be locked.
Hackler was sentenced in December to serve 15 days at the Grand Forks jail for a Class B misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals. Police found 29 cats in his vacant apartment, all of which were left without food or water.
Hackler also was sentenced in January to six months in jail for multiple charges, including two felonies of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, after he led police on an early December chase that reached speeds of 60 mph on Gateway Drive and in downtown Grand Forks.

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