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Inmate and Wife Indicted for Escape

July 22, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an inmate of the Yankton Federal Prison Camp and his wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury in an escape.

Salvador Chacon, Jr., age 32, was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 5, 2011, for escape. His wife, Karla Chacon, a/k/a Karla Tejeda, age 30, was charged in the same indictment with assisting the escape. They appeared before US Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on July 21, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction for both offenses is five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. The charges are merely accusations, and both are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Mr. Chacon was convicted in Texas in 2005 of a federal narcotics offense and sentenced to more than 10 years in custody. It is alleged he left the Yankton Federal Prison Camp without permission on April 2, 2011. Mrs. Chacon is alleged to have aided in the escape by driving her husband away from the prison camp. They were apprehended on June 14, 2011.

The investigation is being conducted by the US Marshals Service. Assistant US Attorney Connie Larson is prosecuting the case. The defendants were remanded to the custody of the US Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.

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