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Walk Away from Vallecito Conservation Camp Apprehended

Secundino CornejoVALLECITO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has announced the apprehension of an inmate who walked away from a conservation camp five years ago.
Inmate Secundino Cornejo, 44, was taken into custody without incident by the U.S. Border Patrol on Sunday, April 3, 2016, based on a warrant for his arrest from CDCR. Secundino had been a fugitive since December 10, 2010, when he was discovered missing from the minimum-security Vallecito Conservation Camp in Calaveras County.  He will be returned to the Sierra Conservation Center, a secure CDCR prison in Jamestown.
Cornejo was committed to CDCR to serve a four-year sentence for transport/import of methamphetamine. He was scheduled to parole on Sept. 13, 2013.  His case will be referred to the Calaveras County District Attorney for possible prosecution on escape charges.
Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp or community-based program prematurely have been apprehended.
Contact:  Lt. Robert Kelsey
(209) 984-5291 extension 5499