Fugitive Who Escaped in 1977 Captured in Florida
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.