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Military prison fugitive on the run since 1977 found in Florida

By Daniel S Levine,

James Robert Jones, who had escaped from a military prison in Kansas in 1977, has been found in Florida. He was convicted of murder 40 years ago.

Authorities said that Jones was arrested in Pompano Beach when he arrived at work Thursday, reports NBC Miami. U.S. Marshals said that he has been using a Florida driver’s license since 1981 and used the alias Bruce Walter Keith since 2005. He was living in Deerfield Beach.

Jones reportedly told law enforcement that he expected his past to catch up with him eventually, reports KSHB. He did not try to flee or was combative when he was arrested.

Jones, a former Army private, was convicted of killing another Army private in 1974 at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. He was sentenced to 23 years in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas at the maximum security military prison there. However, he managed to escaped in 1977.

The Marshals service was brought in by the Army in January to help on the case. They used facial recognition technology to find that Jones was living in Florida. After he was arrested Thursday, a positive fingerprint test was done to confirm his identity.

Jones is going to be extradited to Kansas to finish the rest of his sentence.

 

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