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Inmate Back In Custody After Walking Away From Work Project

VALYERMO, CA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced today that Kent Lesporavsky, 43, was taken back into custody early Tuesday morning, November 10, 2015, approximately six days after he was discovered missing from a work project in the city of Highlands in San Bernardino County.

Following an investigation led by CDCR’s Special Service Unit and including the department’s Office of Correctional Safety and Fugitive Apprehension Team, as well as the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal Service, Lesporavsky was taken into custody without incident as he was entering a spa on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Lesparovsky, normally housed at the minimum-security Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp near the community of Valyermo in Los Angeles County, was part of a crew that was clearing a flood channel when he disappeared.

Lesporavsky was serving an eight-year, eight-month sentence, for transport and sale of marijuana, two counts of evading or attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly, and resisting or deterring an officer with a threat of violence.  He was scheduled to be released in 2019, but CDCR will now refer his case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution on escape charges.

In addition, Lesporavsky has been returned to a secure institution and removed from the conservation camp program.

Since 1977, ninety-nine percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

November 10, 2015
CONTACT: Lt. Kelsey
(209) 984-5291 extension 5499