James Robert Jones back in Kansas prison

Convicted murderer who escaped from Fort Leavenworth 37 years ago arrested in South Fla.

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James Robert Jones was arrested in South Florida 37 years after he escaped from a federal prison in Kansas.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - A fugitive who escaped from prison 37 years ago and was arrested last week in South Florida is back at the maximum security prison in Kansas, an Army spokesman said.

Spokesman George Marcec confirmed Thursday that convicted killer James Robert Jones returned to military custody this week and is back behind bars at Fort Leavenworth, from where he escaped in 1977.

Jones, 59, had been hiding out in South Florida since at least 1981, when he obtained a fraudulent Florida driver's license that would later lead to his capture.

U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Barry Golden said Jones was living under the name Bruce Walter Keith.

Marshals followed him from his home and arrested him when he arrived for work at an air conditioning repair company in Pompano Beach. He was one year away from retiring.

As a U.S. Army private, Jones was convicted of premeditated murder in the 1974 killing of a fellow soldier at Fort Dix in New Jersey.

One of the Army's 15 most wanted men, Jones was identified after U.S. marshals used a facial recognition database to match his prison photo with his fraudulent Florida driver's license.

Golden said Jones did not admit his identity until his fingerprints proved he was the escaped murderer.

It was unclear if Jones has been charged with additional crimes related to his escape.

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