MINNEAPOLIS – (March 26, 2013) – The third of four inmates who escaped from state custody in April 2012 was sentenced today to more than 11 additional years in prison for aggravated escape from custody, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. The inmates were housed by the state at the Ottawa County jail at the time of their escape.
Alberto Barraza-Lujan, 24, was sentenced to 136 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections by Judge Patrick Thompson in Ottawa County District Court. Barraza-Lujan pleaded guilty to the escape charge in January. Thompson ordered the sentence to be served consecutive to the 136 months Barraza-Lujan is still serving for previous convictions, the sentence for which he was incarcerated at the time of his escape.
Two defendants were previously sentenced on related charges in connection with the April 2012 escapes. Eric James was sentenced in July 2012 to 18 years in federal prison for carjacking charges related to the escape. Drew Wade was sentenced last week to 136 additional months after pleading guilty to aggravated escape from custody. A fourth defendant, Santos M. Carrera-Morales, is charged by the attorney general with aggravated escape from custody and battery on a corrections officer. He is awaiting trial. The charges against Carrera-Morales are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Assistant Attorney General Steve Karrer from Schmidt’s office is prosecuting the cases. Photo courtesy of Kansas Department of Corrections.