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Jan. 4, 2011

SAN BENITO RESIDENT CONVICTED OF HARBORING ESCAPED FEDERAL PRISONER

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – David Mares Jr. has been convicted of harboring an escaped prisoner, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno and acting United States Marshal Elizabeth Saenz announced today.

Mares, 24, of San Benito, Texas, pleaded guilty today to one count of harboring his cousin, Secundino Mata Jr., after Mata escaped from the Federal Prison Camp in Three Rivers, Texas, in September 2010. Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head accepted Mares’ guilty plea at a hearing today and has set sentencing for March 31, 2011, at 9:00a.m. Mares faces a maximum punishment of three years imprisonment, as well as a maximum fine of up to $250,000, and not more than three years of supervised release.

On Sept. 16, 2010, Mata, Mares’ cousin, escaped from the Federal Prison Camp in Three Rivers, Texas, where he was serving a 14-year and 7-month sentence for drug and money laundering charges. At today’s hearing, Mares admitted traveling to Three Rivers from San Benito on Sept. 16, 2010, to pick up Mata after Mata escaped from prison and harboring him on Sept. 18, 2010. Mata, previously of San Benito, remains at large.  

Immediately after convicting Mares of harboring an escaped prisoner, Judge Head revoked his bond and ordered Mares into federal custody pending his sentencing hearing. 

The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation leading to the arrest of Mares and is continuing the investigation to locate Mata.Anyone having information about Mata’s whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at (877)-WANTED2.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jon Muschenheim.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.

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