A man who allegedly escaped from a downtown Los Angeles jail and remained on the run for three weeks before being caught in Santa Monica pleaded not guilty in court on Monday.
Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was charged with one count of escape and could face up to three years in jail if convicted, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Brown allegedly posed as another inmate and walked out of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility on March 12, according to prosecutors.
Earlier that day, Brown had been sentenced to a four-year jail term for two counts of burglary and one count of receiving stolen property.
He was convicted of twice breaking into an Alhambra health care facility and stealing computers, compromising patient records for nearly 730,000 people, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.
On April 2, someone spotted Brown near a youth family center in Santa Monica and he was arrested, according to the DA’s office.
Brown’s next court date was scheduled for April 17.