Man on Army's most wanted list arrested after 37 years as fugitive

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Man on Army's most wanted list arrested after 37 years as fugitive

by: Wayne K. Roustan, (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Sun Sentinel | .
published: March 15, 2014

One of the U.S. Army's "15 Most Wanted" was tracked down in Deerfield Beach, Fla., after nearly 37 years on the run, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

James Robert Jones, 59, was arrested Thursday after marshals followed him from his home to his job in Pompano Beach, Fla., they said.

Jones was an Army private when he was convicted of premeditated murder and aggravated assault in 1974. He was serving a 23-year sentence when he escaped from the maximum-security prison in Leavenworth, Kan., in 1977, officials said.

In January, the Army asked the Marshals Service to help solve the cold case. Using a facial recognition database, investigators found a match for Jones under his alias, Bruce Walter Keith, marshals said.

Jones had gotten a fake Florida driver's license in 1981 using the name. He changed his birthdate but kept his true birth year of 1954 and used his real address in Deerfield Beach on all personal identification and documents, investigators said.

He admitted his identity after being fingerprinted during his arrest, officials said.

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