BY TRONE DOWD
A member of the MS-13 gang member who jumped bail earlier this year was sentenced to 12 years in prison for gun and drug related charges, according to the Queens district attorney.
Richmond Hill’s Christopher Vallejo, 26, was arrested in July 2015 for breaking into a four-family home in Jamaica and stealing from two of the building’s occupants. Although he was able to escape initially, investigators matched his fingerprints from a mirror at the scene of the burglary. He was charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petty larceny and pleaded guilty to second degree burglary in February. Vallejo failed to appear in court for a follow-up appearance in March, despite posting $50,000 bail, Queens DA Richard Brown said.
Just a month after not showing up at court for the Jamaica home invasion, he again ignored a court ordered appearance in an unrelated crime.
In April 2016, Vallejo was charged with drug and weapons possession following a court-authorized search warrant of his Southeast Queens home. Police recovered cocaine and marijuana, a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver and “several hundred dollars” in cash, the DA said. Vallejo was discovered hiding in one of the bedrooms at the time of the warrant’s execution.
Despite putting up half of his $7,000 bail in cash, Vallejo failed to make his scheduled April 28 appearance in court. A warrant was immediately put out for his arrest.
“The defendant attempted to avoid paying for his crimes by jumping bail,” Brown said. “However, the few short months he spent running from the law only increased the time he will now spend behind bars.”
Judge Barry Kron accounted for Vallejo’s defiance, tacking on additional charges of bail jumping to his list of crimes. Following his 12 years in prison, Vallejo is expected to face five years of supervision upon release.