Trial date set for man accused of driving escaped inmates

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A trial date has been set for the accused getaway driver for two escaped inmates.

Lionel Clah and Joseph Cruz prompted a major manhunt after escaping from a transport van back in March.

Jesus S. Quintana
Jesus S. Quintana

Jesus Quintana told police he saw the men run out of the transport van and offered to help if they paid them.

Police say he helped the two cut off their handcuffs and shackles, gave them clothes and drove them to Albuquerque.

Quintana will face trial on February 6th. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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