Fourth inmate sentenced for 2012 escape; had escaped from Ottawa County jail
Updated May 13, 2014: NEWS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL
Fourth inmate sentenced for 2012 escape
MINNEAPOLIS – (May 13, 2014) – The fourth Kansas Department of Corrections inmate involved in a 2012 escape was sentenced today to more than 10 additional years in prison, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Santos M. Carrera-Morales, 24, was sentenced to 128 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections by Chief Judge Jerome P. Hellmer in Ottawa County District Court. A jury in January found Carrera-Morales guilty of aggravated escape from custody and battery on a corrections officer.
Carrera-Morales was serving time for two first-degree murder convictions when he and three other inmates escaped from custody in April 2012. The inmates were housed by the state at the Ottawa County jail at the time of their escape. All four inmates have now been sentenced on charges in connection with the escape. Eric James was sentenced in July 2012 to 18 years in federal prison for carjacking charges related to the escape. Drew Wade and Alberto Barraza-Lujan were each sentenced in March 2013 to 136 additional months after pleading guilty to aggravated escape from custody.
Assistant Attorney General Steve Karrer from Schmidt’s office prosecuted the cases.
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Updated January 17, 2014: NEWS RELEASE ISSUED JANUARY 16, 2014 BY THE KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE
Inmate found guilty of escape
MINNEAPOLIS – (January 16, 2014) – A Kansas Department of Corrections inmate was found guilty today of aggravated escape from custody while being housed in the Ottawa County Jail in 2012, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Santos M. Carrera-Morales, 24, was found guilty by an Ottawa County jury of aggravated escape from custody and battery on a corrections officer. Chief Judge Jerome P. Hellmer presided over the trial. Sentencing is scheduled for February 11.
Three other inmates have previously been sentenced for the escape. Alberto Barraza-Lujan and Drew Wade were each sentenced in March 2013 to an additional 136 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections. Eric James was sentenced in July 2012 to 18 years in federal prison for carjacking charges related to the escape.
Assistant Attorney General Steve Karrer from Schmidt's office prosecuted the cases.
Updated April 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM CST: All four escaped inmates have now been captured. Santos Carrera-Morales was captured Thursday and Eric James was captured on Friday.
Updated April 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM CST: Another escaped inmate has been captured. Drew Wade was taken into custody in North Plate, Nebraska after he and three others escaped from a jail in north-central Kansas this morning.
Authorities are still searching for two of the inmates: 22-year old Santos Carrera-Morales and 22-year-old Eric James.
Carrera-Morales was convicted of two counts of murder.
James has a number of convictions including kidnapping, aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property.
Reported April 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM CST: Four inmates escaped this morning from a jail in north-central Kansas. Three inmates are still on the run.
Officials are searching for 22-year old Santos Carrera-Morales, 22-year-old Eric James, and 21-year old Drew Wade.
Three jail employees and a citizen were injured during the escape.
Authorities are looking for two vehicles of interest: A gold or brown 2002 Nissan Altima with Kansas tag 649 CII and a tan 2005 Chevrolet Venture minivan with Kansas tag 854 DZQ.
If anyone has information on these inmates whereabouts please call 911.