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Fresno Man Indicted for Escape from Federal Custody

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

FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment Thursday against Gabriel Mata, 29, of Fresno, charging him with escape from federal custody, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, On May 24, 2021, Mata was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was transferred to the Turning Point Residential Reentry Center in Fresno. On Dec. 28, 2021, Mata was discovered to be missing when a routine count was done at the facility. Mata did not have permission to leave the Turning Point facility and remained at large until his arrest.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurel J. Montoya is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Mata faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated March 17, 2023