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Texas man pleads guilty to escaping from Lake Charles half-way house

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

LAKE CHARLES, La. Mack Warner, 39, of North Silsbee, Texas, pleaded guilty today guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of escape from custody while at a federal detention area in Lake Charles. 

According to the guilty plea, Mack was a resident at the CINC II Halfway House in Lake Charles serving a sentence for charges from the Eastern District of Texas.  His release date was December 15, 2018, but he left the facility without permission on October 25, 2018.  He remained absent from the facility until his arrest on December 12, 2018 in Silsbee, Texas.

Warner was convicted on April 10, 2014 in the Eastern District of Texas of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to five years in prison followed by four years of supervised release.  On January 12, 2018, Warner admitted to violating his supervised release and was sentenced to 14 months in prison. He reported to the halfway house on September 17, 2018.

Warner faces five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set sentencing for June 13, 2019.

The U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Harden County Sheriff’s Office and Beaumont Police Department in Texas conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Vermaelen is prosecuting the case.

Updated February 20, 2019