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.