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WASCO, Calif. (AP) - A convicted murderer who managed to escape the California prison guards who were transporting him through Merced County has been captured.

Authorities say sheriff's deputies tracked 34-year-old Jeffrey Scott Landers to an orchard near a command center set up after his escape.

Landers was being taken to Stockton from Wasco State Prison in Kern County when he fled Saturday night near the city of Livingston.

A prison spokesman said guards who were transporting Landers heard a thump, and when they pulled their van over the side of the road they discovered he was gone.

Landers had a 10-inch screwdriver in his possession when he was apprehended. Investigators were trying to determine how he escaped.

He's serving time for the August 2011 stabbing death of 61-year-old Moses Duron in Riverside.

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