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Army’s most wanted and Leavenworth escapee caught after 37 years

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One of the U.S. Army's most wanted fugitives who escaped from military prison in Fort Leavenworth has been captured in South Florida.

James Robert Jones, 69, was arrested Thursday in Deerfield Beach, Fla., where he had been living and working. Jones escaped in 1977 and has been on the run for 37 years.

Jones was convicted of premeditated murder and aggravated assault in the death of an Army private at Fort Dix and was sentenced to 23 years in the Army's maximum security prison at Fort Leavenworth.

Army investigators discovered Jones might be living in Florida and in January asked the U.S. Marshals Service to help locate him. He was living under the name Bruce Keith.

Jones was arrested without incident when he showed up for work in Pompano Beach, FL and admitted his identity.

Jones will soon be extradited to Kansas to serve the remainder of his sentence and will get extra charges due to his escape.



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