BEAUMONT, Texas – Two federal inmates
have pleaded guilty to escape from a Bureau of Prisons facility in the Eastern
District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Arnold Troy Crayton, 37, of Fort Worth,
and Clemente Valdez, Jr., 36, of Dallas, each pleaded guilty to escape in
separate hearings on Apr. 10, 2019 before U.S. District Judge Marcia
According to information presented in court, on Jan. 12, 2019, the Jefferson
County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen near the Bureau of
Prison Camp Facility in west Jefferson County reporting they had witnessed
inmates crossing a pasture and getting picked up by a vehicle on Hillebrandt
Road. A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over the vehicle shortly
afterwards and found Valdez and another escapee inside. The inmates were
transported back to the prison facility by law enforcement officers.
Crayton returned to the facility on foot several hours later. All three
inmates were indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 6, 2019.
“We will continue to prosecute these inmates for any escape from federal
detention facilities, whether it is a ‘walk-away’ or not,” said U.S. Attorney
Joseph D, Brown. “What the inmates and their families need to
understand is that anyone who helps in the escapes – drives a vehicle, provides
a cell phone, takes any part in it - will also face federal
charges. We are serious about stopping these violations.”
Crayton was sentenced to 5 years in
federal prison in 2014 for possession with intent to distribute
marijuana. He has prior felony convictions for conspiracy to distribute
cocaine and has been in a federal prison facility since 2002. Valdez was
sentenced to over 17 years in federal prison in 2012 for conspiracy to commit
money laundering and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Valdez was also
convicted of marijuana trafficking in 2003 and served state prison time in
North Carolina for that offense.
Under federal statutes, Crayton and Valdez each face
up to an additional 5 years in federal prison at sentencing. The maximum
statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information
purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the
advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing
hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation
by the U.S. Probation Office.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Bureau of
Investigation and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Executive
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston.