Two inmates escape from conservation camp

Jessy Lopez

Two inmates have been missing from the Owens Valley Conservation Camp
since Friday.

According to a press release from the California State Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation, on Friday, June 22, at approximately 10:10
p.m., two Sierra Conservation Camp inmates in Inyo County were discovered
missing during a camp count.

Inmates Jessy Lopez and Otoniel Aldana could not be located by camp staff
at the completion of a count conducted at 10:10 p.m. Escape procedures
were immediately activated.

Lopez and Aldana were described as minimum-custody inmates.

The press release states Lopez was serving a six-year sentence for Grand
Theft Auto; the crime occurred in Los Angeles County. Lopez was scheduled
to parole in September, 2012. Lopez may be wearing orange pants and an
orange shirt, black boots and an orange prison jacket with prison

Lopez is a Hispanice male, with black short-length hair and medium build.
He is approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds.

Aldana was serving a seven-year senence for Assault with a firearm, the

Otoniel Aldana

crime also occurring in Los Angeles County. Aldana was scheduled for
parole in July, 2016. Aldana may be wearing orange pants and an orange
shirt, black boots and an orange prison jacket with prison lettering.

Aldana is a Hispanic male with black short-length hair and a medium build.
He is approximately 5-8 and 165 pounds.

A search for Lopez and Aldana was initiated and officials have notified
surrounding residents and law enforcement agencies.

Anyone seeing Lopez or Aldana is asked to call 911.

Owens Valley Conservation Camp and located about 10 miles north of Bishop
on Highway 395 and houses approximately 128 minimum-security inmates.
Owens Valley Camp is jointly operated by CalFire and CDCR and is under the
jurisdiction of Sierra Conservation Center.

The primary mission of this camp to to respond to statewide wildfire
emergencies and fire prevention conservation projects in Inyo and Mono


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17 Responses to Two inmates escape from conservation camp

  1. Uff-Da June 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Makin’ a run for the border. Hopefully they’ll stay south this time and keep their criminal activities there where the prison system isn’t so nice to folks!

  2. Wayne Deja June 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    What in the heck are these creeps doing up here,in Inyo County, doing their “slap on the wrist” punishment they received for some serious crimes in another county ? Don’t they have these “conservation camps” in L.A County ? Maybe I’m wrong,but I doubt these Cal Fire employees are trained to deal with this type of problem…thus,putting all citizens in danger that live up here…if they don’t got a loaded weapon in their homes to protect themselves from it.

    • Big AL June 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

      Wayne you need to find out what you’re talking about first before spouting off. These guys are in a regular minimum security setting. Cal Fire only takes them out and work them on work details. The fire Captains are trained to supervise them in those settings.

      They have CDC guards that keep track of them at the camp. And for the most part, the prisoners at the camp are considered very minimum risks. Not a whole lot of them escape .. and rape and pillage the country side.

      These crews do a lot of work almost all days of the week, all over the Valley, they also respond to fires, not only locally, but where ever they are dispatched.

      • Wayne Deja June 25, 2012 at 10:28 am #

        Big Al…Sounds to me like someone should maybe take a refresher course with their “training” with this happening….and like johncampnfish states,if assault with a firearm is minimum security risk,we’re all in trouble…and with the other guy,if he got 6 years for GTA,it sure wasn’t his first rodeo…

  3. johnjcampnfish June 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    Assault with a firearm is a minimum-custody offense? We’re all screwed.

  4. Big AL June 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    They take their time in the fire camps to lighten their sentences, they know if they screw up .. they go to one of the state prisons, and their lightened sentence is void, that keeps most of them on the up and up.

  5. Big Rick O'Brien June 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Lopez had 3 months to go…6 years for GTA and he runs with 3 lousy months to go? Now he’s looking at FIVE more years for escape. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer,is he?

    • Big AL June 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      LOL Big Rick .. they have those in all of the drawers. Takes all kinds.

  6. Eastern Sierra local June 25, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    I’m surprised the over-paid prison guards with their 3% @ 50 retirements, great health care benefits, and $8,000/month over time paychecks couldn’t keep these guys under better surveillance.

    • just one June 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      A little info about those guys that guard prisoners. Most facilities light, medium and maximum security are non hostage facilities. This means that if an inmate takes a guard hostage they will NOT negotiate for their life. You make the comment about over time checks. Seriously. This means that they are working even longer hours with their lives at risk every minute of every day that they are at work. Personally they don’t make ENOUGH money. The police, firfighters, paramedics, teachers are all GROSSLY underpaid. These are the brave people that take a chance with their lives to save ours everyday. Without teachers you would have NO ONE. Eastern Sierra Local I just found your comments grossly biased and misinformed.

      • Big AL June 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

        Amen just one ESL needs to get a life .. just consider the source LOL. I think they should invite ESL a get scared straight time out in one of our illustrious prisons to see how he or she would like being an underpaid/overpaid prison guard.

        It’s real easy to run your mouth about something you really have no idea about.

        Thank you just one for your comments, so many people have so much BS to say about people doing such jobs they don’t really have any idea what is really is all about.

    • upthecreek June 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      spot on …

    • Rob June 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

      I have friends that are prison guards. Boy do they have stories. It’s a job I wouldn’t want to do for any amount of pay.

    • Toobusy June 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

      Eastern Sierra Local: You should a little jealous. You obviously didn’t qualify to become a prison guard so you didn’t get those benefits and now you are upset that someone else got them. I’m wondering…if you feel that they are not entitled to these benefits and you had become a prison guard, would you decline the 3% @ 50 retirements, great health care benefits, and $8,000/month over time paycheck? I doubt it. Only those that didn’t strive to do better and be better are the ones that try to bring down everyone else who did. Considering that prison guards are face to face with felons (including murderers who would think nothing of killing them and many times do), I think they deserve a little extra.

  7. Jeremiah June 25, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    The ones that watch over these guys are pretty lenient, time after time I have heard accounts of these inmates asking for something from the public that will make there time in custudy less like punishment. I have said it time and time, A lot of inmates are ok with doing time, because the state will look out for there well being more then they can with there own freedom!

  8. wayback June 25, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Sour grapes Eastern Sierra Girl don’t be hater. Live in their shoes for awhile then talk your smack.

  9. Dingo June 25, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Firearms at the ready now I guess, pay a little more attention when the dogs bark. Good dogs, good boys!


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