David Mares, Jr. convicted of harboring an escaped prisoner
Special to the NEWS
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –David Mares, Jr. has been convicted of harboring an escaped prisoner, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno and acting United States Marshal Elizabeth Saenz announced today.
Mares, 24, of San Benito, Texas, pleaded guilty today to one count of harboring his cousin, Secundino Mata, Jr., after Mata escaped from the Federal Prison Camp in Three Rivers, Texas in September 2010. Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head accepted Mares’ guilty plea at a hearing today and has set sentencing for March 31, 2011 at 9 a.m. Mares faces a maximum punishment of three years imprisonment, as well as a maximum fine of up to $250,000, and not more than three years of supervised release.
On Sept. 16, 2010, Secundino Mata, Jr., Mares’ cousin, escaped from the Federal Prison Camp in Three Rivers, Texas where he was serving a 14 year and 7 month sentence for drug and money laundering charges. At today’s hearing, Mares admitted traveling to Three Rivers, Texas from San Benito, Texas on Sept. 16, 2010 to pick up Mata after Mata escaped from prison and harboring him on Sept. 18, 2010. Mata, previously of San Benito, remains at large.
Immediately after convicting Mares of harboring an escaped prison, Judge Head revoked his bond and ordered Mares into federal custody pending his sentencing hearing.
The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation leading to the arrest of Mares and is continuing the investigation to locate Mata. Anyone having information about Mata’s whereabouts is asked to contact the U. S. Marshals Service at (877) WANTED2.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jon Muschenheim.
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