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August 2, 2014

Escaped murderer captured by Merced County Sheriff's deputies

A convicted murderer who escaped from Department of Corrections officials near the Livingston area was captured by the Merced County Sheriff's deputies on Sunday.

A convicted murderer who escaped from Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials near the Livingston area was captured by the Merced County Sheriff's Supervised Release Team on Sunday.

Deputy Delray Shelton, sheriff's spokesman said Jeffrey Scott Landers, 34,  was tracked to an orchard near Bell Drive and Arena Way around 2 p.m. Sunday, between Atwater and Livingston. 

Deputies said the inmate was taken into custody without further incident. He was turned over to state officials immediately. 

Landers escaped from the custody of state corrections officers around 6 p.m. Saturday near Sultana Drive and Liberty Avenue in the Livingston area, according to Shelton. Landers was being taken from Wasco State Prison to Stockton when he escaped.

Dogs from local law enforcement agencies and other resources were called to help search for Landers. Officials described Landers as highly dangerous.

Landers was serving time in state prison for the Aug. 12, 2011 stabbing death of Moses Duron, 61, in Riverside. 

According to a San Bernardino Sun article, Landers stabbed Duron once, fatally injuring him. Duron later died at the hospital. Landers fled the scene, but later returned and surrendered to police.

He was convicted of first degree murder, with an enhancement for personal use of a deadly weapon. He is serving a life sentence in prison, according to CDCR officials.

CDCR officials have not commented yet about how Landers escaped their custody. CDCR officials said Landers was in possession of a 10 inch-long screwdriver when he was found Sunday. 

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