Richie Wilder, Jr., transferred to California federal prison

ATWATER, Calif. – Richie Wilder, Jr., who is currently serving a life sentence in the 2015 murder of his ex-wife in Minot, has been transferred from the North Dakota State Penitentiary to a federal prison in central California.

Officials with the State Penitentiary confirmed the 31-year-old Wilder’s transfer to the United States Penitentiary in Atwater, Cal. on Nov. 26, but could not release the reason for the transfer.

A jury convicted Richie a year ago this week in district court in Minot of killing Angila Wilder in her northwest Minot home. Investigators say Richie broke in to Angila’s home in the middle of the night and stabbed her more than 40 times. In May a judge ordered Richie to life imprisonment without the chance of parole.

We have reached out to officials at the federal penitentiary for a reason for the transfer.

Richie is currently appealing his murder conviction to the North Dakota State Supreme Court.

Wilder’s current wife Cynthia entered Alford pleas last month to a murder conspiracy charge as well as being an accomplice to escape, after state prosecutors say she admitted to an informant to helping Richie plan and cover up Angila’s murder, and later aiding him in a failed attempt to break out of county lockup. She will be sentenced next year.