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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fall River Man Pleads Guilty to Escape from Federal Facility

BOSTON – A federal inmate pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with escaping from Coolidge House Residential Reentry Center in Boston.

Jason Barreto, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of escape from federal custody.  U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for Nov. 22, 2016.

In September 2011, Barreto was convicted in the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island of one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and was sentenced to 70 months in prison.  On May 21, 2015, Barreto was transferred from the U.S. Penitentiary Big Sandy in Kentucky, to Coolidge House Residential Reentry Center in Boston to serve the remainder of his sentence.  Barreto was scheduled to be released on Nov. 1, 2015.

On Sept. 17, 2015, following an incident at Coolidge House, Barreto walked out of the facility without authorization and did not return.  On April 8, 2016, after receiving information regarding Barreto’s location, the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Barreto at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.   

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and U.S. Marshal John Gibbons of the District of Massachusetts made the announcement.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Soivilien of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

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Updated August 30, 2016