Man who escaped from prison in 1997 is back in U.S. custody

Salaz caught in Mexico in January

By Frank Espinoza - News Producer
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HOUSTON - A man who escaped from a Texas prison is back behind bars after 16 years on the run.

U.S. Marshals escorted Jose Juan Salaz, 37, as he landed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport from Mexico on Thursday.

Authorities on both sides of the border have been looking for Salaz since he climbed three 16-foot razor wire security fences when he escaped from the Garza East Unit in Beeville in 1997.

Salaz was captured in January by police in Mexico.

He was serving three concurrent 35-year sentences for two counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer and aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon.

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