Inmates who escaped Kansas jail face new charges

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Three of the four inmates who broke out of a north-central Kansas jail in April face new charges related to their escape.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has charged Santos M. Carrera-Morales, 22, Drew Edward Wade, 23, and Alberto Jon Barraza-Lujan, 23, with aggravated escape from custody and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer in connection from their April escape from the Ottawa County Jail in Minneapolis, about 120 miles west of Topeka. The three have court dates scheduled in August and September to hear the new charges.

Schmidt's spokesman, Jeff Wagaman, said Monday that charges are still being reviewed for a fourth inmate, Eric James, 22.

The inmates were among 22 from the Ellsworth Correctional Facility who were being housed at the county jail in an effort to relieve overcrowding at the state prison. The arrangement was part of a contract the Department of Corrections had with a handful of county facilities.

Barraza-Lujan was serving time for attempted aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer in 2011. He was recaptured in Ottawa County shortly after the escape.
Wade, who turned himself over to law enforcement in North Platte, Neb., had been serving time for robbery and aggravated battery. Authorities said Wade was driving a stolen tan 2005 Chevrolet Venture minivan when he turned himself in.  More 

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