Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney handed Chrisstian Pax Joseph Manshack a punishment lighter than that requested by federal prosecutors: eight months in prison plus three years of supervised probation.
But Manshack, who has enjoyed a wild criminal career involving international flight and a brutal Chinese prison, hasn't been able to obey Carney's orders.
This month, federal agents arrested him for going AWOL from a post-prison residential reentry center, repeatedly failing to report to his probation officer and fleeing the region for an unauthorized trip to Santa Cruz, according to court records.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert N. Block this week ordered Manshack to remain in the custody of U.S. marshals until Carney decides what additional punishment is necessary at a future hearing inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.
In his prior case, Manshack--a convicted robber--lied on a passport to flee domestic violence charges and landed in Thailand before China, where communist government agents arrested him on immigration violations.
He was held in a mountain prison and for 70 days forced to endure grueling conditions and frightening guards before his deportation back to California.