Florida Finds Man Who Escaped From Kansas In 1977

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: March 14, 2014, 3:45pm

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- In the nearly 40 years after he escaped from a Kansas military prison, convicted killer James Robert Jones carved out a new life for himself in Florida.

He lived under an assumed name, got married and worked for an air conditioning company. But it all came to an end Thursday when Jones -- or Bruce Walter Keith, as the former Army private was known in Florida -- was recaptured with the help of facial-recognition software.

Barry Golden of the U.S. Marshals Service said Friday that the first words out of Jones' mouth were: "I knew this would catch up with me someday."

The 59-year-old Jones was one of the Army's 15 most-wanted fugitives after his 1977 escape from the Kansas prison dubbed "The Castle."

He was convicted of murder and assault in the 1974 killing of fellow soldier Lonnie Eaton at Fort Dix in New Jersey.

Jones was originally from Ontario, Calif.


News Release: Associated Press News

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- Authorities in Florida say they've arrested a man who escaped from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth in 1977.

The U.S. Marshals Service says 59-year-old James Robert Jones was arrested Thursday in Deerfield Beach, Fla., where he was living.

Jones was serving a 23-year sentence for premeditated murder and aggravated assault when he escaped from the maximum-security prison 37 years ago. He was one of the Army's 15 most wanted fugitives.

U.S. Marshals senior inspector Barry Golden told KSHB-TV (http://bit.ly/1iJeMCV) that when his office ran a prison photo of Jones through a database, it matched a photo on a Florida driver's license issued in 1981, with the name Bruce Walter Keith.

Golden says Jones will soon be extradited back to Kansas to finish his sentence.


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