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Inmates face new charges related to escape

July 16, 2012

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— Three of the four inmates who broke out of a north-central Kansas jail in April face new charges related to their escape.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has charged Santos M. Carrera-Morales, 22, Drew Edward Wade, 23, and Alberto Jon Barraza-Lujan, 23, with aggravated escape from custody and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer in connection from their April escape from the Ottawa County Jail in Minneapolis, about 120 miles west of Topeka. The three have court dates scheduled in August and September to hear the new charges.

Schmidt’s spokesman, Jeff Wagaman, said Monday that charges are still being reviewed for a fourth inmate, Eric James, 22.

The inmates were among 22 from the Ellsworth Correctional Facility who were being housed at the county jail in an effort to relieve overcrowding at the state prison. The arrangement was part of a contract the Department of Corrections had with a handful of county facilities.

Since the escape, state prison officials have purchased a former youth home in Ellsworth that will be renovated to house minimum security inmates to give additional bed space and prevent the need to outsource inmates to counties.

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