San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)

Fugitive caught in Mexico


An escaped Nevada fugitive was arrested in Mexico and extradited after being on the run for 27 years, authoritie­s said.

Samuel Gallardo, 52, was sent back to the U.S. after he was found living in Nayarit, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Gallardo originally escaped from Nevada Department of Correction­s custody in 1994 after serving less than one year of his sentence. He is now expected to serve the remainder of his 40year sentence.

Gallardo was convicted of drunken driving causing death in 1992 after driving onto an interstate ramp in the wrong direction and crashing into another vehicle. The crash killed Gary Selby Jr., 18, and seriously injured passengers.

“He got comfortabl­e and made some mistakes and we were able to capitalize on those mistakes,” said Michael Desh of the U.S. Marshals Service in Nevada.

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