An escaped killer from the Snake River Correctional Institution in eastern Oregon, Lee John Knoch, 23, was arrested March 1 by the Tribal Police Department near Pocatello after a confrontation with a homeowner. The homeowner and his family had left for Boise and the state basketball tournament when they realized they had forgotten something. On returning, they discovered a truck with Oregon licenses in the driveway and Knoch inside the house, tribal police Capt. Gene Fenton said. The homeowner beat Knoch with a shovel and detained him for police. Knoch was treated for minor injuries and jailed. Knoch and another inmate, Aaron O'Hara, 23, escaped the previous night after cutting a hole in a perimeter fence. O'Hara, serving a six-year sentence for sodomy, sexual abuse and rape, was caught by an officer outside of the prison. Knoch, of Dundee, is serving a life sentence without parole for killing Robert Holliday, 30, of Newberg, just before Holliday was to testify against Knoch, who was free on bail at the time. The slaying prompted passage of a ballot measure in 1999 that allows judges to deny bail to any defendant deemed a danger to a victim or the community at large.
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