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Three escape Texas federal prison; three now face another five years

BEAUMONT, Texas - BEAUMONT, Texas (KETK) - Three federal prison inmates, who had their winter vacations cut short after being caught just hours after they escaped from a Texas prison last month have been indicted.

One of them, Arnold Troy Crayton, 37, of Fort Worth, would have been released this year, having been sentenced to five years in federal prison back in 2014,

Now he, and his two compadres - Clemente Valdez Jr. of Dallas. Juan Carlos Acuna of Marietta Georgia – face an additional five years.

  • .Acuna had 9 years left of a 22 years sentence in federal prison after being convicted in 2006 for possession with intent to distribute over 150 kilos of cocaine.
  • Valdez had served 10 years of a more than 17 year sentence in federal prison, after his 2012 conviction for conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. (Valdez was also convicted of marijuana trafficking in 2003 and served state prison time in North Carolina for that offense.)
  • Crayton was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison in 2014 for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  He has prior felony convictions for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and has been in a federal prison facility since 2002.

According to the indictments, a citizen near the Bureau of Prison Camp Facility in west Jefferson County dropped the dime on the three escapees, placing a call to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office after witnessing the three crossing a pasture and being picked up in a vehicle.

A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over the vehicle shortly afterwards and found two of the escapees inside.

The inmates were taken back to the prison facility by law enforcement officers.

The third inmate, on foot, had a change of heart and  returned to the facility on foot several hours later.

  • Arnold Troy Crayton, 37, of Fort Worth. Crayton was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison in 2014 for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  He has prior felony convictions for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and has been in a federal prison facility since 2002.

If convicted, the defendants each face up to five years in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston.


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