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.