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Sheriff's Office looking for inmate allowed to inadvertantly leave jail

March 12, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

The county Sheriff's Office asked Imperial Valleyites to keep an eye out for an 18-year-old inmate who was released from the county jail Friday instead of being turned over to Turning Point officials, according to sheriff's Lt. Bill Willard.

Christopher Sandoval was supposed to serve the remainder of his sentence at the Christian drug treatment center in Holtville.

Due to a mix-up, Sandoval was allowed to walk away from the county jail.

Willard said Turning Point officials and Sandoval's family in Holtville said they haven't seen Sandoval since his release.

Anyone who sees Sandoval is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 339-6312.

Sandoval is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 157 pounds with brown eyes, short black hair and a thin mustache. He has no facial scars or tattoos on the face or neck, according to Willard. He has addresses in both El Centro and Holtville.

If Sandoval is found, county deputies will bring him back to jail and re-release him to Turning Point.

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Sandoval was serving a sentence for strong-armed robbery.

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