Bryan Taylor, Canyon County Prosecutor, announced today that Juan V. Cervantes, age 25, of Nampa, was sentenced by the Honorable Christopher S. Nye on charges of felony escape and felony possession of a controlled substance.

Booking photo of Juan Cervantes

Juan V. Cervantes

Judge Nye sentenced Cervantes to 3 years fixed, followed by 2 years indeterminate on the felony escape charge,  and 3 years indeterminate on the possession charge, for a total unified sentence of 8 years in prison.  The sentences will run consecutive to each other and concurrent to his sentence on his felony probation violation.  Judge Nye also ordered Cervantes to pay the court costs in both cases.

Cervantes was arrested by the Idaho State Police in May 2016 after he was pulled over and found in possession of methamphetamine.   While in custody awaiting trial, Cervantes and another inmate, Jeffrey Duvall, escaped from the minimum-security tent facility by jumping into the kitchen area and breaking through an exterior door.  Cervantes and Duvall were both arrested several days later at a Caldwell residence where they were attempting to hide from authorities.

“Mr. Cervantes showed he has no regard for the law when he made the decision to escape from the Canyon County Jail,” said Deputy Prosecutor Anne Voss.  “I’m thankful that today’s sentence will hold him accountable.  I’m also hopeful that it sends a message to others that escaping, or attempting to escape from jail, will simply not be tolerated.”