Prison Escapee Caught After 16 Years On The Run

Jose G. Montesdeoca, 42,{} escaped from Mountain Home Conservation Camp in Tulare County on Dec. 14, 1996.

Montesdeoca was sent to state prison on March 1, 1996 from Los Angeles County, and was supposed to serve a four year sentence for possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

He was sent to the Mountain Home Conservation Camp in November 1996 and escaped from there on Dec. 14, 1996.

A special agent searched a residence in Colton on Jan. 18 and arrested Montesdeoca, who was living in the basement.

After confirming his identity, they transported him to California Institution for Men without incident.