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Killer caught 37 years after prison escape

A murderer who escaped the military prison at Fort Leavenworth 37 years ago was captured Thursday while living a peaceful life in Deerfield Beach, Fla., an oceanside suburb north of Fort Lauderdale.

James Robert Jones, 69, was tracked by the U.S. Marshals Service using facial recognition and was arrested when he showed up for work at Pompano Beach. Jones had been using a fraudulent driver’s license since 1981, but after he was fingerprinted he admitted his true identity, the Marshals Service said.

Jones was a private serving a 23-year sentence for premeditated murder and aggravated assault when he escaped from the maximum-security Disciplinary Barracks in 1977.

Jones was one of the Army’s 15 most wanted fugitives. The Army in January requested the Marshals Service’s assistance in finding Jones.


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