The inmate who escaped U.S. Penitentiary Atwater in May has been indicted, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported Thursday.
Guaymar Cabrera-Hernandez, 26, escaped the prison around 8:30 p.m. May 12, and was found the next day several miles north of the prison along Youd Road, authorities said.
The new charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, a fine up to $250,000 or both, according to prosecutors.
Cabrera-Hernandez was serving a nine-year sentence for prisoner escape, unarmed carjacking, assault with intent to commit robbery, destruction of property less than $1,000 and attempted escape from the District of Columbia and Northern District of West Virginia.
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Prison officials have declined to elaborate on Cabrera-Hernandez’s history of escaping or attempting to escape custody. Since 2011, USP Atwater has not had staff in their towers because of budget cuts, a practice that is unwise, according to Joe Velazquez, vice president of the western region council of prisons locals.
Cabrera-Hernandez is the second escapee from the Atwater penitentiary this year.
Eric Pree, who was serving a sentence of eight years and five months for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, walked away from a minimum-security camp at the prison on Jan. 29.
Pree remains missing.