More than doubling the infamous James “Whitey” Bulger’s time for staying under the government’s radar, James Robert Jones was arrested in Florida this week after 37 years on the lam.
Jones escaped from the United States Penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth in 1977 after he was convicted and sentenced to 23 years for the premeditated stabbing death of Army private Lonnie Eaton, 18, at New Jersey’s Fort Dix.
Jones had served just three years of his sentence when he masterminded an escape plan that kept him free for nearly four decades. Details of that escape have not been released.
Two months ago, the military followed recent leads that lead them to believe Jones was alive and well in Deerfield Beach, Fla. The Army enlisted the help of U.S. Marshals to help track him down.
Jones, known locally as Bruce Walter Keith, was arrested without incident as he arrived at his jobsite in Pompano Beach. He admitted his true identity to federal marshals after he was fingerprinted.
The cold case was opened in January after Jones’ old military photo ID was compared to Florida's driver's license database using facial recognition technology that was only “science fiction” nearly 40 years ago.
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