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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


For Immediate Release
August 29, 2001
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(850) 488-0420

Inmate Bonchea in Custody

The Florida Department of Corrections is pleased to announce the recapture of escaped inmate Julio Bonchea, DC# M15771. Bonchea was arrested in Costa Rica for burglary charges and remains in custody awaiting extradition to the United States. Bonchea has been at large for 17 months.

At the time of his escape on March 26, 2000, Bonchea was serving an 18-year sentence at Calhoun Correctional Institution in Blountstown for two counts of attempted second degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, burglary and grand theft. Inmate Bonchea was missing when a count was conducted at the prison at approximately 5:30 p.m.

"We are relieved that this dangerous individual is back in custody," said Department Secretary Michael W. Moore. "The state of Florida owes a debt of gratitude to all the law enforcement agencies involved in the apprehension of this felon."

When Bonchea is returned to the United States, he will be reprocessed and serve the remainder of his sentence. He will also be facing the additional charges of escape.