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Man convicted in deadly 2007 Luxor bombing escapes from prison

KSNV – Las Vegas 9/28/2022 Matthew Seeman
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One of the men convicted in the deadly bombing at the Luxor in 2007 has escaped from prison, according to state officials.

Porfirio Duarte-Herrera was missing from a morning count at Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs on Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Nevada Department of Corrections said in a press release.

Escape procedures were initiated and search teams remain in effect. 

Gov. Sisolak released the following statement:

"This morning, my office was informed by the Nevada Department of Corrections that an inmate was reported as missing. My Office later learned that upon further investigation by NDOC the inmate has been missing since early in the weekend. This is unacceptable.

My Office has ordered NDOC to conduct and complete a thorough investigation into this event as quickly as possible. This kind of security lapse cannot be permitted and those responsible will be held accountable.

NDOC continues to work with law enforcement officials in the pursuit of this inmate. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the escaped inmate should immediately call 911."

He's described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 135 pounds, with no reported tattoos. 

Duarte-Herrera is serving a life sentence after he was convicted of murder with a deadly weapon.

He was tried and convicted, along with Omar Rueda-Denvers, after a bomb went off at the Luxor garage in May of 2007. The blast killed 24-year-old Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio.

Prosecutors said Rueda-Denvers targeted Dorantes Antonio for dating his ex-girlfriend, and Duarte-Herrera built the pipe bomb, which was hidden in a coffee cup.

Rueda-Denvers's initial conviction was overturned, but he was found guilty again at re-trial last year.

Man convicted in deadly 2007 Luxor bombing escapes from prison
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