DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – In the nearly 40 years after he escaped from the maximum-security military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., convicted killer James Robert Jones carved out a new life in Florida, getting married and working for an air conditioning company.
It all came to an end this week when Jones – or Bruce Walter Keith, as the former Army private was known in Florida – was recaptured with the help of technology that was more sci-fi than reality when he broke out in 1977: facial-recognition software.
The first words out of his mouth were, I knew this would catch up with me someday,’ Barry Golden, a senior inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service, said Friday.
Jones, 59, was convicted of murder and assault in the 1974 killing of a fellow soldier at Fort Dix in New Jersey. The marshals caught up with him Thursday after matching a 1981 Florida driver’s license under Keith’s name with Jones’ old military photograph.
Gruesome plot no fantasy, jury says
A retired New York high school librarian and a New Jersey auto mechanic have been convicted of scheming to carry out gruesome fantasies of kidnapping, raping, torturing and killing women and girls.
A federal jury in Manhattan delivered its verdict Friday in the trial of Christopher Asch and Michael Van Hise. A police officer was found guilty last year of plotting abductions and cannibalism, and that investigation led to the case against Asch and Van Hise.
Like the officer, Asch and Van Hise said they were only role-playing and would never have actually hurt anyone. But prosecutors said the two crossed a line between pretending and plotting.
Arkansas’ abortion limit struck down
A federal judge Friday struck down Arkansas’ attempt to ban most abortions beginning 12 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy, saying viability, not a heartbeat, remains the key factor in determining whether abortions should be allowed.
The state presents no evidence that a fetus can live outside the mother’s womb at 12 weeks, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright wrote.
The Arkansas legislature adopted the law last March. Two weeks later, North Dakota lawmakers passed a bill restricting abortions at six weeks – or before some women would know they’re pregnant. That law is on hold.
Ex-Mass. senator to try again in NH
In a move cheered by Republicans nationwide, former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Friday declared he wants to stop complaining and get involved again by formally joining the race against Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
The longtime Massachusetts resident, who recently moved into his seacoast New Hampshire vacation home, rose to prominence by winning the 2010 special election to replace the late Democratic U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy. But he was soundly defeated in his first re-election test against Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012.
Killer of prowler son not charged
A popular fifth-grade teacher will not face prosecution for fatally shooting a knife-wielding prowler in a ski mask who turned out to be his teenage son, a prosecutor announced Friday.
Jeffrey Giuliano reasonably believed the person posed the threat of imminent death or great bodily harm, State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky wrote.
Investigators were unable to determine why the boy, Tyler Giuliano, 15, was outside after midnight wearing a ski mask and carrying a flip-style knife with the blade open.
Silencers for SEALs scheme uncovered
A Navy intelligence official at the Pentagon has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly running a murky scheme to illegally manufacture hundreds of unregistered firearm silencers for Navy SEALs.
Federal prosecutors in Virginia say Lee Hall, 52, arranged a contract to bill the government $1.6 million for a batch of automatic rifle silencers that cost only $10,000 to make.
Venezuela dogged by ‘Miami lobby’
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Friday that South Florida politicians are leading the United States into an extremist foreign policy against his country.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen are co-sponsoring efforts in their respective chambers to impose sanctions on members of the Venezuelan government tied to human rights abuses.
Obama can’t let himself be taken by the Miami lobby, Maduro said.
Anti-government street protests by Venezuelans fed up with violent crime, shortages of basic items and high inflation have roiled Venezuela for more than a month. Maduro said he was stepping up security operations.
French court acts on 1994 genocide
A Paris court delivered France’s first-ever conviction for genocide Friday, sentencing a Rwandan former intelligence chief to 25 years in prison over the 1994 killings of at least 500,000 people in the African country.
The landmark trial of 54-year-old Pascal Simbikangwa sets off what could be the first of dozens of French trials into one of the 20th century’s greatest atrocities – two decades after it happened – and provides a judicial reckoning for a former colonial power that still has many ties to African countries like Mali, Central African Republic and beyond.
Suspect in Tokyo book vandalism
Police on Friday arrested a man for allegedly tearing pages out of books related to Anne Frank at a Tokyo library.
More than 300 books related to the Holocaust victim, including The Diary of a Young Girl, have been found vandalized at libraries across Japan’s capital.
Tokyo police said the man, 36, whose name they did not release, ripped pages from 23 Frank-related books Feb. 5.