A man who was part of a two-brother crime spree that killed an Iowa man has escaped from a work release program in Des Moines this weekend, an Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman confirmed. Orlando Rodriguez was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the 2009 death of Iowa National Guard Sergeant Bruce Mundy.
Orlando and his brother, Santos, sped off from a convenience store after stealing gas and crashed into Mundy's motorcycle. Mundy died. The court ruled Santos, who was believed to have been driving the vehicle, wasn't fit to stand trial. Orlando acknowledged the evidence against him in court and entered an Alford Plea to a vehicular homicide charge and sentenced to prison. He received early release after serving four years in prison. Mundy's family had pleaded with the court not to let him out early after fearing Rodriguez would try to escape from work release.
The Department of Corrections confirmed Rodriguez failed to return from work Sunday morning. Rodriguez was required to check in at the Fort Des Moines Correctional Facility where he was supposed to stay following his early release from prison.
Mundy's daughter, Brianne, said, "I must say my family is not surprised to hear that Orlando is once again breaking the law. We were afraid of this, and voiced our concerns to the Iowa Board of Parole before they granted Orlando work release."
"We hope he is recaptured quickly and sent back to prison before anyone else is hurt or killed," she said.