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D.A. seeking to extradite fugitive

Jason Snow, 24, decided to not waive extradition from New Mexico, leaving the District Attorney’s office seeking a Governors’ Warrant to bring Snow back to Archuleta County where he faces charges stemming from his recent escape from the Archuleta County Detention Center.

Reports following Snow’s apprehension in New Mexico on July 23 indicated that he would waive extradition and be returned to Archuleta County shortly.

Deputy District Attorney Alex Lowe stated that Snow is not denying his identity but is alleging that a return to Archuleta County would be unsafe.

Snow and another inmate, Clifford Todd Reseigh, 45, escaped from the detention center about 8 p.m. on July 20 by assaulting two detention officers and stealing a truck.

The men abandoned the vehicle on property owned by the Martinez family near CR 391 and CR 359, near the New Mexico state line south of Pagosa Springs.

Reseigh was shot and killed during a confrontation with law enforcement officials in northern New Mexico on July 22 and Snow was captured at about 7:15 a.m. on July 23 in the same area, after nearly three days on the lam.

Snow was then taken to the Rio Arriba County Adult Detention Facility in Tierra Amarilla, N.M., where he is also facing charges from the state of New Mexico including being a fugitive from justice; larceny; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Before the escape, Snow was in jail awaiting sentencing and an Aug. 3 jury trial to determine if he is a habitual criminal, which would help determine the length of his sentence. He was found guilty in May of first degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury and tampering with physical evidence.

The Aug. 3 trial was put on hold until further notice pending Snow’s extradition.

In addition to those convictions, for which he was awaiting sentencing, Lowe previously said the arrest warrant following the escape included felony charges of escape, false imprisonment, motor vehicle theft and assault during escape, though no final decision on charges had been made.

In attempts to extradite Snow, Lowe said the District Attorney’s office had filed the necessary paperwork with the Colorado Governor’s office for a Governors’ Warrant.

Upon approval from the Colorado Governor, the warrant request would then be sent to New Mexico for approval.

randi@pagosasun.com