DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
HTTP://WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             DIRECT: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

INMATE GUILTY IN 2003 BEAUMONT FEDERAL PRISON BREAK

            BEAUMONT, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 27-year-old federal inmate has pleaded guilty to escaping from a Bureau of Prisons facility in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            FRANCISCO REYNALDO MARTINEZ, of Houston, pleaded guilty to escaping from federal custody today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thad Heartfield.

            According to information presented in court, on May 11, 2003, Martinez was an inmate in the United States Bureau of Prisons and was assigned to the Federal Corrections Complex (FCC) Beaumont - Camp.  Martinez' federal incarceration resulted from his conviction for drug violations in the Southern District of Texas for which he was assessed a 72 month sentence.  Martinez escaped from the FCC Beaumont – Camp on May 11, 2003, and failed to return to custody until he was arrested in McAllen, Texas in October 2009.   A federal grand jury returned an indictment on June 14, 2003, charging Martinez with escaping from federal custody.

            Martinez faces up to 5 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not yet been set.

            This case is being investigated by the United States Marshals Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Hobbs.

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