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October 16, 2012

Two Stanislaus County Honor Farm escapees still sought

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies continue to look for two inmates who escaped from the Stanislaus County Honor Farm Monday evening. Marco Antonio Maciel, 23, of Stockton and Tomas Arreola Cornejo, 34, of Delhi last were seen at 6 p.m.

Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies continued to look Tuesday for two inmates who escaped from the Stanislaus County Honor Farm the prior evening.

Marco Antonio Maciel, 23, of Stockton and Tomas Arreola Cornejo, 34, of Delhi last were seen at 6 p.m. Monday, authorities said. Deputies doing an inmate count at 6:30 p.m. discovered the two men were missing.

Deputies believe the men climbed a fence on the south side of the Honor Farm on Grayson Road southwest of Modesto.

Maciel was in custody while facing charges of cultivation of marijuana and possession of a concealed firearm. Cornejo was in custody accused of possession of narcotics for sale and cultivation of marijuana. Both are considered illegal immigrants who were placed on immigration holds pending the adjudication of their criminal cases.

The men were housed at the minimum-security Honor Farm because of a lack of higher-security local jail space, authorities said.

Construction is under way on a 192-bed facility to replace a part of the Honor Farm that burned down in 2010. It's expected to be complete in September 2013.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the case to call the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department at (209) 525-7114. You can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can e-mail at www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message.

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