Federal inmate pleads guilty to escape

jkegley@herald-leader.comJuly 23, 2012 

Derek A. Capozzi

Derek Capozzi, a federal inmate whose escape more than two years ago prompted a highly publicized manhunt, pleaded guilty to a federal escape charge.

Capozzi entered his plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Lexington. He faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.

Capozzi, who was serving a decades-long sentence for several federal crimes, escaped from a van carrying prisoners in Woodford County on April 15, 2010, and he spent three days on the lam before being captured behind a Versailles stair factory.

He had been moved from a Maryland prison to the Grayson County Detention Center because he was a witness in a federal case in London. He was being taken to Blue Grass Airport for a flight out of Kentucky when he escaped.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 4.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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