An illegal alien who was serving life in prison for the deadly Las Vegas bombing in 2007 has escaped from the Southern Desert Correctional Center.
Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, 42, was discovered to be missing during the morning head count on Tuesday.
However, Gov. Steve Sisolak said in a statement obtained by the Las Vegas Sun that “his office later learned that upon further investigation by the NDOC the inmate has been missing since early in the weekend.”
“This is unacceptable,” the governor’s statement continued. “This kind of security lapse cannot be permitted and those responsible will be held accountable.”
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Duarte-Herrera and his accomplice, Omar Rueda-Denvers, were convicted of first-degree murder in 2009 for the death of Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio. He was sentenced to life in prison.
The bomb was planted in the Luxor parking garage near where Dorantes Antonio had a hot dog stand. The bomb had a motion activated trigger and was placed on Dorantes Antonio’s car in a styrofoam cup.
Prosecutors said that Duarte-Herrera built and exploded the pipe bomb as an act of revenge because the victim was dating his ex-girlfriend.
“Dorantes Antonio’s girlfriend, Caren Chali, was near the explosion but was not hurt, authorities said. Prosecutors said at trial that Chali was Rueda-Denvers’ ex-girlfriend, and he wanted revenge on her and her new boyfriend,” the Sun report explains.
The Nicaraguan national was sentenced to
Duarte-Herrera is 5-feet, 4-inches tall, 135 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.