Escaped murderer caught in Merced County

08/04/2014 6:13 AM

08/04/2014 6:14 AM

A convicted murderer who escaped from California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials near the Livingston area was captured by the Merced County Sheriff’s Department’s Supervised Release Team on Sunday.

Deputy Delray Shelton, sheriff’s spokesman, said Jeffrey Scott Landers, 34, was tracked to an orchard east of Bell Drive and north of Arena Way around 2 p.m. Sunday, between Atwater and Livingston.

Deputies said the inmate was taken into custody without further incident. He was turned over to state officials immediately.

Landers escaped from the custody of state corrections officers just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday near Sultana Drive and Liberty Avenue in the Livingston area, according to CDCR. Landers was being taken from Wasco State Prison-Reception Center to Stockton when he escaped, Shelton said.

Dogs from local law enforcement agencies and other resources were called to help search for Landers. Officials described Landers as highly dangerous.

Landers was serving time in state prison for the Aug. 12, 2011, stabbing death of Moses Duron, 61, in Riverside.

According to a San Bernardino County Sun article, Landers stabbed Duron once, fatally injuring him. Duron later died at the hospital. Landers fled the scene, but later returned and surrendered to police.

He was convicted of first-degree murder, with an enhancement for personal use of a deadly weapon. He is serving a life sentence in prison, according to CDCR officials.

CDCR officials have not commented about how Landers escaped their custody, but said Landers was in possession of a 10-inch screwdriver when he was found Sunday.

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