Convicted murderer who escaped from federal prison arrested in Deerfield Beach

James Robert Jones nabbed 37 years after escaping from Kansas prison, U.S. marshals say

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - A fugitive who escaped from a maximum security federal prison in Kansas 37 years ago was arrested Thursday in South Florida.

James Robert Jones, 59, was arrested in Deerfield Beach, U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Barry Golden said.

Jones 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.

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.

Golden said Jones was living under the name Bruce Walter Keith and had been a fugitive from justice since 1977.

As a U.S. Army private, Jones was convicted of premeditated murder and sent to Fort Leavenworth, a maximum security facility from which he later escaped.

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.

His hands shackled to his waist in an orange prison jump suit, Jones did not utter a word in a hearing in which he was denied bond.

"I knew it would catch up to me one day," U.S. marshals said Jones told them as he was taken into custody.

Golden said Jones would be extradited back to Kansas to complete his sentence.

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