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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      CONTACT:  Donna Krise
THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008                      ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                                                    PHONE: (936) 639-4003


(BEAUMONT, TX)   United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a Houston, Texas man has pleaded guilty to escaping from a federal prison in the Eastern District of Texas.  BRIAN KEITH BABIN, 44, admitted to escaping from the Beaumont Federal Prison Complex during an appearance today before United States District Judge Marcia Crone.
            According to information presented in Court, Babin was apprehended by Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies on January 11, 2008, the same evening he escaped from the minimum security Federal Prison Camp located at the Federal Prison Complex in Beaumont.  On the ruse that he had been given a "pass," Babin convinced an individual to travel to the prison camp to pick him up.  An alert Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy, on patrol near the prison complex, stopped a vehicle being driven in a suspicious manner.  He discovered Babin to be the passenger.  Babin was returned to the prison complex by federal authorities.  Babin was serving a sentence following his 1993 conviction in a federal court in Houston for drug conspiracy charges.

             At sentencing, Babin faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.  A sentencing date has not been set for Babin.
            This case was investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, the Federal Bureau on of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Fluke.


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