Orange County Mail Thief Learns Fate in Federal Court

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Mail boxes aren't safe from drug addicts
Orange County mail thief Salvador Alex Escamilla has led a tough life.

Escamilla grew up in a poor, dysfunctional family with an abusive, convicted felon father. He accidentally consumed his dad's heroin stash at the age of five and had to be rushed to the hospital. His parents couldn't afford to buy him shoes to wear to middle school. He never attended high school and, thanks to drug addictions, created a criminal rap sheet that includes domestic violence. He can't visit his three children because of a restraining order.

But this week inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, Escamilla had one thing going for him in a sentencing hearing for possession of stolen mail from at least 23 different addresses as well as altering checks made payable to other people.

After law enforcement agents confronted him at the Key Inn in Tustin in February 2012, he quickly agreed to plead guilty--a move that federal prosecutors say should be rewarded because it saved taxpayers money that would have been spent preparing for a trial.

Federal probation officials recommended a 24-month prison trip for Escamilla, but--and this doesn't happen all the time--prosecutors wanted the thief rewarded for his cooperation by pushing for the low end of sentencing guidelines: 18 months of incarceration.

U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter decided the lower prison period was adequate for justice and also ordered the 42-year-old defendant to undergo supervised probation for three years upon his return to society.

Escamilla is presently housed under U.S. marshal control inside the Santa Ana Jail and awaiting a bus ride to a federal prison.

Holly Renee Lamb--his 36-year-old co-defendant in the thievery--pleaded guilty, but has not yet been punished by Carter.

Lamb remains locked in the Santa Ana Jail.

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JGlanton topcommenter

In other OC scumbag crime news,


A 29-year-old man was behind bars today on suspicion of trying to drag a teenage girl out of a bookstore in Aliso Viejo, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Saif Mohamed Moussa was booked on suspicion of kidnapping and child annoyance and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

A 17-year-old girl was shopping in the Barnes & Noble store at 26751 Aliso Creek Road about 2 p.m. Saturday when Moussa wrapped her up in a bear hug and started walking her to the front door, Amormino alleged.

"He said he intended to marry her," Amormino said.


"Misdemeanor lewd contact".  He's building his sex crime resume. A slap on the wrist and he'll be out hunting and raping our teenage girls in no time. And people will look back from some future heinous crime and say "if only we did something sooner".

JGlanton topcommenter

Not sympathetic.  I've bought shoes and books for poor kids in Santana who had equally horrible families and they still finished high school and some went to college. And they didn't steal.

Some little bast@rd stole my mail at the end of March this year. Stole my 2012 schedule K's and other tax papers and cost me a lot of time and money and stress, scrambling to get my taxes done over the April 13-14 weekend. F U, mail thieving scum. You stole $1500 from me, yet all you got was papers you threw in the trash bin.

vegandawg23 topcommenter

@JGlanton Probably typical behavior in the Mohammadean shithole he came from.

n2bigmuscle topcommenter

Not to be snarky but they will not email them to you so you have a backup on the email providers server?

JGlanton topcommenter

@TylerDurden  Islam is not a race.  I don't think any of us know anything about this pervert's race or religion. What I do know is that he belongs in jail and should never be unsupervised around children for the rest of his life.

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