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Prisoner serving life sentence for deadly Las Vegas bombing released from prison

Officers on Tuesday were searching for a 42-year-old convicted bomber who escaped from a Nevada prison where he was serving a life sentence for a deadly 2007 explosion outside a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Governor Steve Sisolak ordered an investigation into the incident after he said his office learned late Tuesday that he had escaped from a medium security prison since the beginning of the weekend.

“This is unacceptable,” Sisolak said in a statement.

Authorities didn’t realize until Tuesday morning that Porfirio Duarte-Herrera was missing during a head count at the Southern Desert Correctional Center near Las Vegas. A statement from the state’s Department of Corrections said search teams were looking for him.

Prisoner Escape-Vegas Bombing
This undated photo provided by the Nevada Department of Corrections shows Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, a convicted bomb maker who was found missing from the Southern Desert Correctional Center outside Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

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Duarte-Herrera of Nicaragua was convicted in 2010 of murdering a hot dog stand vendor by using a motion-activated bomb in a coffee cup atop a car parked at the Luxor Hotel-Casino.

Records show that his co-defendant, Omar Rueda-Denver, remained in custody on Tuesday. A 47-year-old Guatemalan man is serving a life sentence in a separate prison in Nevada on charges of murder, attempt to murder, explosives and other charges.

A Clark County District Court jury spared both men the death penalty in the murder of Vilebaldo Dorantes Antonio, whom prosecutors identified as the boyfriend of Rueda-Danvers’ ex-girlfriend.

Prosecutors said jealousy was the motive for the attack on the top deck of the two-story parking structure. The explosion initially raised fears of a terrorist attack on the strip.

Officials described Duarte-Herrera as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 135 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

Sisolak said his office ordered corrections officials “to investigate and complete this incident as thoroughly as possible.”

“Such security lapse cannot be allowed and those responsible will be held responsible,” he said.

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