Thu, Sep 18, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT - U.S. Markets close in 2 hrs 7 mins


% | $
Quotes you view appear here for quick access.

Correctional Services (CSCQ) Message Board

you are viewing a single comment's thread.

view the rest of the posts
  • indian_cycle_buyer indian_cycle_buyer Sep 20, 2004 12:04 AM Flag


    Guards may have aided escape

    Star-Tribune correspondent

    ENCAMPMENT -- Four Texans have been jailed on charges of assisting two Wyoming inmates in escaping from the Bill Clayton Detention Center in Littlefield, Texas, last week.

    Three of the Texans worked as guards at the prison, Littlefield Police Chief Bill McMinn said.

    Wyoming inmates Michael Solis, 38, and Jeremiah Zupko, 25, were returned to the Texas prison on Monday, where they were being held in lockdown, McMinn said.

    The two escaped the night of Thursday, Sept. 9 by cutting through a prison fence and were apprehended around 3 p.m. Friday at a residence in Amherst, Texas, about 10 miles from the detention center, McMinn said.

    Arrested and charged with permitting and facilitating the escape of a convicted felon were Roy Sosa and Yvonne Delagarza, who both worked as guards at the detention center. They were being held in the Lamb County Jail on $50,000 bond each and face two to 20 years in prison if convicted.

    Delagarza's brother, Robert Sandoval, and Tammy Harper, another prison guard, also have been charged in the incident with hindering the apprehension of a felon, a crime that carries a one- to 10-year prison sentence. They were also in jail on $50,000 bonds.

    McMinn said the motive for the escape appears to be that the women guards, Harper and Delagarza, were in love with the inmates.

    Texas will prosecute the Wyoming inmates, but any conviction that would entail prison

    time would be served only after Solis and Zupko have completed their Wyoming sentences, the police chief said. Although McMinn said the inmates could be returned to

    Wyoming, he said Texas will "get them and bring them back" to face the charges in Lamb County.

    Wyoming Department of Corrections spokeswoman Melinda Brazzale said she wasn't aware of any plans to reclassify the inmates and return them to Wyoming.

    Solis, 38, was sentenced in Laramie County on May 30, 1997. He was serving five to seven years for delivery of heroin and a two- to three-year term for possession of methamphetamine.

    Zupko, 25, was sentenced in Park County on April 26, 2000, and was serving

    concurrent seven- to 10-year sentences on each of three counts -- one count of delivery of methamphetamine, a second for delivery of marijuana and a third for burglary.

    Both inmates have been at the Texas facility since March.

    Correspondent Candy Moulton can be reached at


Trending Tickers

Trending Tickers features significant U.S. stocks showing the most dramatic increase in user interest in Yahoo Finance in the previous hour over historic norms. The list is limited to those equities which trade at least 100,000 shares on an average day and have a market cap of more than $300 million.