Solano County Escapee Caught In Rio Vista

RIO VISTA (CBS SF) – A minimum-security inmate who escaped from a conservation camp in Solano County Sunday night was captured in Rio Vista late Thursday night, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

Nathan Simpson, 30, was captured by special agents from the CDCR and arrested around 10 p.m. and taken to California State Prison-Solano in Vacaville, the department said in a statement.

Simpson will be transferred to the California Correctional Center in Susanville, according to a spokesman at the Susanville facility.

Further details about his capture were not immediately available, the spokesman said.

Simpson was sentenced in May 2010 for vehicle theft and had prior convictions in Siskiyou County, according to the CDCR.

He was scheduled to be paroled this September but will serve additional time for the escape, California Correctional Center spokeswoman Margaret Pieper said earlier this week.

Convicts sentenced to less than seven years in prison are eligible to be transferred to a conservation camp after they have served 12 months in prison, Pieper said.

They are trained and certified to perform clean-up operations at the conservation camps, Pieper said.

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