Inmate escapes LA County jail hours after sentencing

LOS ANGELES

Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was sentenced Wednesday to four years and eight months in county jail for stealing computers from AHMC Healthcare facility in Alhambra, according to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.

Brown, a transient, was convicted on March 6 of two counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count of receiving stolen property. Prosecutors said the theft compromised the financial and credit information of more than 700,000 patients.

It's unclear how Brown escaped jail, but he slipped away from an inmate reception center near the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown L.A. at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Sheriff's officials said Brown may have impersonated another inmate to facilitate his escape.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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