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Escapee Gets 9 Years in Prison for Felon in Posession of Firearm

 Christopher Lee Lang, 48, of Grass Valley, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.  to eight years and nine months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, on October 24, 2012, law enforcement attempted to make contact with Lang after observing him commit traffic violations. Lang was apprehended after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase through Nevada County streets and residential neighborhoods. After driving at speeds exceeding 75 mph, Lang failed to negotiate a turn and crashed his vehicle near the front yard of a residence.

At first Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputies believed that Lang was Glen Goodwin, an escapee from Folsom Prison that was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Law enforcement patted him down, and located a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun in his rear waistband.

After fingerprints came back negative for Glen Godwin, the suspect was subsequently identified as Christopher Lang 45, who coincidentally was also a fugitive wanted in the State of Nevada.  Lang  had escaped earlier in 2012 from the Nevada Correctional Facility in Carson City, Nev.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rodriguez prosecuted the case.

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