Federal Inmate Indicted on Escape Charge

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SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Usbaldo Padilla, age 49, of Los Angeles, California, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on an escape charge.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that on October 11, 2022, Padilla escaped from the extended limits of his confinement from the United States Penitentiary Canaan, Waymart, Pennsylvania. Padilla had been furloughed to be transported by commercial bus to report to a halfway house in California to complete the term of his imprisonment.  Padilla failed to report as required.  Los Angeles police later arrested Padilla on November 11, 2022, while walking on a street, in Los Angeles, California.

The case was investigated by the United States Marshals and the Bureau of Prisons. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 5 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations. Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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