Parmer County inmate recaptured after escape


By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

A Parmer County inmate police say escaped while taking out the trash Thursday morning was recaptured about an hour later near the jail in Farwell.

Sheriff Randy Geries said 17-year-old Jesus Magallanes had less than two months left on his sentence for misdemeanor charges but now faces up to 10 years in a Texas prison.

He is charged with felony escape.

Geries said Magallanes, at the facility for about a month, was working as a trustee and until Thursday had exhibited no issues.

“You never know who’s going to do what for the silliest of reasons,” he said.

The sheriff said around 7:20 a.m. (CDT), Magallanes and another inmate were escorted outside the facility by two detention officers to take out the trash.

As the door was opened, Magallanes pushed it back on the officers and ran.

Based on a lead, officers found him around 8:40 a.m. (CDT) at a residence about four blocks away where his family once lived, Geries said.

Magallanes was arrested without incident and returned to the jail.

Magallanes is no longer a trustee, “nor will he be again,” Geries said.

“It’s a common practice to have working inmates, so you pick and chose them as best as you possibly can,” he said. “You can do everything right and you get one that wants to be a dummy.”

Jails in Texas fall under supervision of the local sheriff.

Geries, who has been sheriff for nine years, said there have not been any other escapes from the facility in Farwell.

“This is the first time we’ve had one run off on us,” he said.