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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Stockton Man Pleads Guilty to Escaping from Mendota Federal Correctional Institution

Monday, October 28, 2013


Docket #: 1:13-cr-120-LJO



FRESNO, Calif. – Michael Paul Thompson, 32, of Stockton, pleaded guilty today to escaping from the custody of a federal correctional institution, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to his plea agreement, Thompson escaped from Federal Correctional Institution–Mendota, on October 12, 2011. He had been serving a 10-year sentence following his conviction in June 2010 for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Thompson was apprehended in Stockton on March 29, 2013, after leading police officers on a 20-minute high-speed chase reaching speeds of 100 mph in moderate-to-heavy traffic. The reckless endangerment during this flight required police officers to undertake physical intervention, resulting in major damage to one police vehicle.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Stockton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Baker is prosecuting the case.

Thompson is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill on January 13, 2014. Thompson faces an additional maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.



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