Samuel Avalos Gallardo, 52, was discovered living in Nayarit, Mexico. He was arrested in January 2020. Now, after a lengthy extradition process, he is back in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections to serve the remainder of his sentence.
He had been sentenced to 40 years in jail after he drove his car in the wrong direction while drunk on an interstate and collided head-on with another vehicle in 1992, killing the 18-year-old driver and seriously injuring two passengers.
Avalos Gallardo had served less than a year of his sentence in February 1994 when the Department of Corrections says he walked away from a group of inmates who worked on a firefighting team in the Forestry Division.
His capture was a joint effort involving the Nevada Department of Corrections, the Department of Homeland Security, the Mexican government, and the US Marshals Service.
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