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Prisoner Who Escaped from Bloomfield Halfway House Sentenced to Additional Prison Time

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that HECTOR SANTIAGO, 29, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Omar A. Williams in Hartford to four months of imprisonment for escaping from a halfway house in Bloomfield.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 18, 2019, Santiago was sentenced in Hartford federal court to 69 months of imprisonment and four years of supervised release for a narcotics trafficking offense.  On June 23, 2023, he was transferred from the U.S. Penitentiary in Lee County, Virginia, to the Drapelick Center, a Residential Reentry Center (halfway house) in Bloomfield, to complete his custodial sentence.  On September 27, 2023, Santiago walked away from the Drapelick Center and never returned.  He was located and arrested in Hartford on February 9, 2024.

On March 11, 2024, Santiago pleaded guilty to escape from the custody of the Attorney General.

Santiago’s four-month prison term began on May 13, 2024, and he will be on supervised release for four years when he released from prison.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean P. Mahard.

Updated June 24, 2024

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