- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Dona Ana County authorities say a convicted felon has failed to return to jail after being allowed a five-day furlough to be with his family.

County sheriff’s officials have obtained a warrant for the arrest of 44-year-old Ernesto Espinoza.

He was serving a 90-day sentence at the county Detention Center for felony drug possession.

A judge allowed Espinoza a furlough on Sept. 25, but he never returned to complete his sentence.

Authorities say Espinoza has a criminal history of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting or evading arrest.

He’s now facing a jail escape charge.

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