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Update: Vallecito Conservation Camp Prisoner Caught

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Update at 6:05 a.m.: The Sierra Conservation Center reports that the Alameda County inmate, who walked away from the Vallecito Conservation Camp in Calaveras County early Friday morning, has been caught.

26-year-old Jonathan LealBetancourt (Leal-bet-tan-court), convicted of first-degree burglary and serving a five-year, four-month sentence, was discovered missing during a 3 a.m. head count on Friday (4/19). The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) states that staff immediately began a search of the camp buildings and grounds and notified local law enforcement. CDCR’s Crisis Response Team apprehended LealBetancourt without incident at around 9:30 a.m. on Friday. He was transported to the Sierra Conservation Center. His case will be referred to the Calaveras County District Attorney for possible escape charges.

Original post at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, Vallecito, CA – A minimum-security prisoner walked away from Vallecito Conservation Camp in Calaveras County today, and prison officials are turning to the public in hopes of catching him.

Take a good look at the man in the image box. He is 26-year-old Jonathan LealBetancourt of Alameda County, who was discovered missing during a 3 a.m. head count at the camp located on 6 Mile Road off Highway 4. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) states that staff immediately began a search of the camp buildings and grounds. LealBetancourt was convicted of first-degree burglary, receiving stolen property, vehicle theft, and buying/receiving a stolen vehicle, trailer, or construction equipment. He was admitted to the Sierra Conservation Center on June 23, 2023, to serve a five-year, four-month sentence.

CDCR gives this description of LealBetancourt. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 219 pounds. Camp officials say he could be wearing either gray sweatpants and a gray T-shirt or orange pants with an orange long-sleeve shirt. They ask that anyone who sees or knows his whereabouts contact the Vallecito Conservation Camp Commander at (209) 736-4922, any law enforcement agency, or 9-1-1.

CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety, Cal-Fire, and local law enforcement agencies have been notified and are assisting in the search.

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