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Federal Inmate Sentenced on Escape Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va.—A federal inmate was sentenced to four months in prison for escape, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Linda Avila, 55, previously admitted that on January 29, 2019, she walked away from the Federal Prison Camp (FPC) at Alderson, a minimum security prison for female inmates.  She was immediately captured a short distance from the prison grounds.  Avila was serving a twelve-year sentence for conspiracy to defraud the government and mail fraud.  Her sentence for escape will run consecutively to her prior sentence.

“The only thing Avila accomplished by trying to escape, is extending her already lengthy stay at FPC Alderson,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons conducted the investigation.  United States District Judge Frank Volk presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecution.


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Updated March 2, 2020