- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on the court proceedings involving two inmates who escaped from a prison van (all times local):

9:35 a.m.

Two New Mexico inmates have been arraigned on charges stemming from their escape from the back of a prison van earlier this year.

Lionel Clah and Joseph Cruz appeared before a state district judge in Carlsbad on Monday morning. Both men are charged in the March escape.

Authorities say said Cruz and Clah broke out of the prison van near Artesia after picking the locks on their handcuffs and then hitched a ride 200 miles north to Albuquerque.

Officers didn’t realize the two had escaped until hours later when the van arrived at a Las Cruces prison. A massive manhunt led to Cruz and Clah’s separate arrests days later.

Clah already is serving time for armed robbery. Cruz was sentenced to life in prison on a first-degree murder conviction.

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1:54 a.m.

Two New Mexico inmates are scheduled to appear in state court Monday on charges stemming from their escape from the back of a prison van earlier this year.

An arraignment in Carlsbad is set for Lionel Clah and Joseph Cruz, who have been charged in the March 19 escape.

Authorities say they bolted from a prison van along a desert highway near Artesia and hitched a ride 200 miles north to Albuquerque. Officers didn’t realize the two had escaped until hours later when the van arrived at a Las Cruces prison.

A massive manhunt led to Cruz and Clah’s separate arrests days later in Albuquerque.

Clah already is serving time for armed robbery. Cruz was sentenced to life in prison on a first-degree murder conviction.

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