Inmate, who says he got lost, back in custody after walking away from fire crew

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The following is a news release from the Idaho Department of Correction.

BOISE — An eastern Idaho inmate who was helping battle a California wildfire is back in custody after walking away from his inmate fire crew near the town of Sonoma.

Angelo Manuel Diaz, 37, was reported missing at about 11:30 a.m. Friday. A Napa County Sheriff’s deputy found Diaz about three hours later. Diaz reportedly claims he got lost while going to a restroom.

Diaz’s 19-member crew and two correctional officers left the South Idaho Correctional Institution on Oct. 14. They have been based at a fire camp in Santa Rosa, California.

On Jan. 30, in Bannock County, Diaz was sentenced to 3-7 years for possession of a controlled substance.

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