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Escapee apprehended, returned to Wasco State Prison

Jeffrey Scott Landers, 34, was arrested on Aug.3, 2014, at approximately 2:10 p.m. in an orchard by the Merced County Sheriff’s Office and placed into police custody without any use of force.

Inmate Landers had a 10- inch screwdriver in his possession. Wasco State Prison-Reception Center staff returned him to prison custody.

On Aug. 2, 2014, at approximately 5:39 p.m., officials at WSP received information that Landers had escaped while on a transport.

Landers was received at WSP from Riverside County on Nov. 19, 2013, for the commitment offense of first-degree murder and had an enhancement for personal use of a dangerous or deadly weapon, for which he received a life sentence.

WSP’s primary mission is to provide short-term housing necessary to process, classify and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally, and determine their security level, program requirements and appropriate institutional placement. WSP was opened February 1991, houses approximately 5,000 inmates and employs approximately 1,700 people.