Youth accused of being part of YCC riot pleads not guilty

Youth accused of being part of YCC riot pleads not guilty


A 17-year-old boy accused of taking part in what was described as a riot at the Youth Correctional Center in Mandan last year pleaded not guilty Monday to all charges against him.

Elijah Barse waived his preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to 10 counts, eight of them felonies, in district court in Mandan. Judge James Hill denied a request to change Barse’s bail. He let stand a $100,000 cash bond set previously. Barse is being held at YCC.

Barse is one of four YCC residents charged in the incident. He is accused of assaulting staff members and attempting to escape in January 2018. Several staff members were injured. A Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation official said the injuries were not serious.

Court documents allege that at about 8 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2018, a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper responded to an "active riot" taking place at YCC. When he arrived, he found four inmates trying to escape from the facility.

The four inmates were residents of Pine Cottage, one of several housing structures on the YCC campus. Pine Cottage houses high-risk or high-maintenance male juveniles and also serves as the intake cottage for all new male admissions, according to the Corrections website.

Two other youths accused in the case, Starson Buckles and Julian Wolf, have pleaded guilty. The other, Gavin Johnson, has pleaded not guilty.


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