2014 News Releases

Fourth inmate sentenced for 2012 escape

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Santos Carrera-MoralesMINNEAPOLIS – (May 13, 2014) – The fourth Kansas Department of Corrections inmate involved in a 2012 escape was sentenced today to more than 10 additional years in prison, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Santos M. Carrera-Morales, 24, was sentenced to 128 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections by Chief Judge Jerome P. Hellmer in Ottawa County District Court. A jury in January found Carrera-Morales guilty of aggravated escape from custody and battery on a corrections officer.

Carrera-Morales was serving time for two first-degree murder convictions when he and three other inmates escaped from custody in April 2012. The inmates were housed by the state at the Ottawa County jail at the time of their escape. All four inmates have now been sentenced on charges in connection with the escape. Eric James was sentenced in July 2012 to 18 years in federal prison for carjacking charges related to the escape. Drew Wade and Alberto Barraza-Lujan were each sentenced in March 2013 to 136 additional months after pleading guilty to aggravated escape from custody.

Assistant Attorney General Steve Karrer from Schmidt’s office prosecuted the cases.

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