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Jeffrey Kilbride

A Lompoc federal prison camp inmate is back in custody but officials remained mum Monday about the circumstances surrounding his escape and return.

Jeffrey Kilbride, 48, of Venice was back in custody as of 4 p.m. Saturday, more than 26 hours after prison officials discovered him missing from the Satellite Prison Camp at the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex.

Kilbride turned himself in to authorities, according to emergency dispatch radio traffic alerting other law enforcement members that the prisoner was no longer on the loose.

Prison officials said Kilbride had been discovered missing about 1:30 p.m. Friday. He was last seen in a white 4-door sedan, prison officials said Friday night.

Authorities would not say if the vehicle was used in his getaway.

“All I can say is he’s in our custody right now, and the circumstance of his escape and return is under investigation,” said Estela Derr, prison spokeswoman.

Since the investigation is continuing, it’s not clear what charges will be filed against Kilbride.

He was serving a 78-month sentence for conspiracy, email fraud, importation or transportation of obscene material and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

Kilbride had a projected release date of Dec. 11, 2015, and he has no history of violence.

In October 2007, Kilbride and James R. Schaffer, then 41, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., were convicted of organizing and running an international pornographic spamming business that grossed more than $1 million, according to the Department of Justice.

Authorities said the spamming operation began in 2003 and involved sending millions of unsolicited email messages, which advertised commercial Internet hard-core pornography Web sites.

The men earned a commission for each person they caused to subscribe to one of the Web sites. Hard-core pornographic images were embedded in each email they sent and were visible to any person who opened the email, according to Justice officials.

Kilbride received a higher sentence because of the finding he had obstructed justice by attempting to prevent a government witness from testifying at trial.

Along with receiving prison time, Kilbride and Schaffer were fined $100,000 and ordered to pay $77,500 in restitution to AOL Inc., federal officials said.

The judge also ordered the men to jointly forfeit more than $1.1 million, the amount of illegal proceeds from their spamming operation.

Three co-conspirators pleaded guilty and testified against the men.

The minimum security camp within the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex houses 446 male inmates. The camp is part of the medium security U.S. Penitentiary, which has 1,494 male inmates.

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