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* Vanher Cho Man Who Helped Murderer 18-Year-Old Josue Orozco Escape Is Back In Jail

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A 19-year-old man convicted of helping a murder suspect escape from the San Mateo County Youth Services Center last year has been charged in San Mateo County Superior Court with violating probation, a deputy district attorney said today.Vanher Cho was placed on probation after serving jail time for aiding the escape of 18-year-old Josue Orozco, the youngest person ever in San Mateo County to be charged as an adult with murder.Orozco was 14 when he allegedly fatally shot 21-year-old Francisco Rodriguez once in the back of the head in a gang attack in Redwood City on July 12, 2005, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.Orozco and Cho were in custody in the San Mateo County Youth Services Center and were playing basketball when Cho helped Orozco escape the facility by scaling a wall Feb. 14, 2008, Wagstaffe said.Orozco was arrested Sept. 17, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas, and extradited back to San Mateo County in October 2008.That same month, Cho was released from custody after serving four months of his one-year jail sentence for helping Orozco escape, according to Wagstaffe.Cho was arrested again on May 15 in San Francisco for allegedly assaulting his mother and aunt, Wagstaffe said.He was then charged with violating his probation and transferred to the San Mateo County jail May 22, according to Wagstaffe.Cho denied the allegations in court on Wednesday and is scheduled to return to court for a probation violation conference June 10. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted of violating his probation.Wagstaffe did not know what, if any, charges Cho faces in San Francisco for the alleged assault.

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