Convicted felon sentenced to three and a half years in prison for escape

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Paul Lujan was sentenced on Nov. 2 to three years and six months in prison for escape. Lujan, 27, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty on June 22.

On April 11, 2018, Lujan was convicted of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and was sentenced to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. On June 29, 2020, the Bureau of Prison placed Lujan at the Diersen Charities, Diersen Residential Reentry Center in Albuquerque. Less than a month later on July 24, 2020, resident monitors discovered that Lujan was not in his assigned dorm, and securities videos showed Lujan leaving the facility without permission on July 23, 2020. Lujan did not return to the facility.

Upon completion of his prison term, Lujan will be subject to three years of supervised release.

The U.S. Marshals Service investigated this case with assistance from the Bureau of Prisons. The Albuquerque Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico prosecuted the case.

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