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New judge assigned in escaped inmate case

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BOZEMAN, Mont. - A new judge has been assigned in a case involving an attempted rape suspect who escaped from the Gallatin County Law & Justice Center on Feb. 1 and eluded capture for three weeks. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that officials announced Wednesday that Gallatin County District Judge Mike Salvagni will preside over 28-year-old Kevin Briggs' case. Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert on Tuesday asked for a new judge but declined to say why. Briggs pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated assault, assault on a peace officer, escape and failing to register as a sex offender during the time he was on the run. Briggs is being held in the Gallatin County jail on $1 million bail.

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