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Officials Catch Prison Escapee 17 Years Later

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FONTANA (AP) — Authorities say they have captured a 42-year-old man who had escaped from a California prison 17 years ago.

Fontana police said Monday that Jose Ochoa was found late last week living in a basement at a home in nearby Colton. Ochoa didn’t have any form of identification but a fingerprint check revealed Ochoa’s identity.

Police say Ochoa was convicted of possession of a controlled substance for sales and escaped from a state prison in Tulare County in 1996.

Ochoa was arrested and taken to the California Institute for Men in Chino.

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