Montgomery federal prison camp escapee found 18 years later

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The search for a man who escaped a federal prison camp in Montgomery nearly two decades ago has ended with the man's recapture.

Ralph Jones arrived in Montgomery in February of 1992 where he was starting a sentence for convictions on drug charges from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Marshal Service arrived in the capital city to facilitate a transfer to Tampa, Florida where Jones was to face more drug charges. It was then that officials at the federal prison camp noticed Jones was missing.

For years the case was cold. No one new where Jones was, and an international search yielded no results.

More than 18 years later, U.S. Marshals discovered 'Ralph' Jones was an alias. Roy Jones, the man they'd been searching for, had been living in nearby Georgia the entire time - and he was using his real name.

Jones, who was living in northern Georgia, was picked up within an hour of the discovery.

Two decades of freedom gone, Jones now finds himself in the same situation he'd slipped out of in the early 1990s - plus addition trouble. He still has to finish his sentence for the Pittsburgh conviction, face the drug charges in Tampa and when those two are completed he faces an escape charge.

The 61-year-old man could see an additional 10 years tacked onto his prison sentence.

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