Fugitive Who Escaped in 1977 Captured in Florida

Will Sterrett
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James Robert Jones. Photo courtesy of Broward County Sheriff's Office

James Robert Jones. Photo courtesy of Broward County Sheriff’s Office

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBS/KCMO-AM) – A prison escapee from Kansas gets arrested in Florida—37 years later.

James Robert Jones had seemingly gotten away with breaking out of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1977.

He had a job, a house, and an assumed identity, but Barry Golden at the U.S. Marshall’s Service says a facial recognition database matched up the picture on the man’s driver’s license with his prison photo.

“Mr. Jones was actually using a fraudulent Florida driver’s license and the identity of another person,” Golden says.

Jones got a 23-year sentence after being convicted of murder at Fort Dix in 1974. He’s now headed back to Kansas, where he’ll likely get much more prison time.

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