5 charged with helping Briggs escape, 2 plead not guilty, warrant for 1

On Monday, April 14, five people were charged with felonies for attempting to help Kevin Briggs, an attempted rape suspect, escape from the police in February.

Tristan Kane Anacker, Sherry Michelle Jackson, Andrew Charles Kranker, Cedric Allen Standish-Codding and William Michael Smith were charged in Gallatin County District Court with obstructing justice for their alleged roles in assisting the former MSU student flee law enforcement.

On Wednesday, April 16, both Jackson and Standish-Codding appeared in Gallatin County District Court. Jackson pleaded not guilty to helping Briggs escape while Standish-Codding denied probation violations which included helping Briggs escape.

Charging documents indicate that after leaving the Bozeman Law and Justice Center in handcuffs and shackles on Feb. 1, Briggs went to 316 S. 16th Ave., where Anacker and Kranker lived. The house is only a few blocks from the Law and Justice Center and Standish-Codding and Jackson were also present after having spent the night.

According to charging documents, Standish-Codding said he cut off Briggs’ restraints with Kranker’s Dremel tool and threw the restraints in the dumpster. Briggs then allegedly used Anacker’s phone to call a Helena number that was then deleted from the phone records. Jackson said that Briggs used both her cellphone and her computer to review information about his escape. Smith admitted to being called over and driving Briggs to Missoula, according to Smith’s interview with an FBI special agent on Feb. 6.

On Wednesday, April 16, a $100,000 warrant was issued for the arrest of the 29-year-old Smith. He last appeared in court on April 7 in Shoshone County for a drug violation and records indicate he was released the next day.

Standish-Codding is currently on probation, serving a three-year sentence for felony counts of robbery. He has has been in Gallatin County Jail since March 11.

On Wednesday, District Judge John Brown set Standish-Codding’s bail at $50,000 and Jackson’s bail at $10,000.

For more information on the Briggs’ case see msuexponent.com/?s=Briggs.