A Stockton man pleaded guilty Monday to escaping from the Mendota federal prison earlier this month.
Michael Paul Thompson, 32, escaped from the Mendota Federal Correctional Institution on Oct. 12 while serving a 10-year sentence for possessing and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Thompson was convicted in June 2010, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.
Thompson was caught in Stockton on March 29 after he led police on a 20-minute high-speed chase.
Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill will sentence Thompson on Jan. 13. Thompson faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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