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Army fugitive back in Kansas prison after 37 years

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2014 at 2:16 pm •  Published: March 20, 2014

George Marcec, an Army civilian spokesman at Fort Leavenworth, said Jones was "being processed just like a new inmate, based on the time that he was gone." That means, Gorecki-Robbins said, Jones will go through the normal medical and mental health checks once in the prison and authorities would determine the level of security custody in which he'll be placed.

Jones was arrested March 13 outside the Pompano Beach, Fla., business where he worked.

Authorities used facial recognition technology to identify Jones, who was living in Deerfield Beach, some 17 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, under the name Bruce Walter Keith. Authorities matched an old military photograph of Jones with a Florida driver's license issued in 1981 in Keith's name.

The new prison, still on the Army post that's on the banks of the Missouri River north of the Kansas City metro area, has a capacity of 515 inmates, though daily population is around 450.

Jones will find himself among the oldest inmates, Gorecki-Robbins said, with the average age somewhere around 25, a figure based on her years of experience in military cases.

Among the most well-known inmates currently housed at Fort Leavenworth include Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, the Army private who was convicted as Bradley Edward Manning and sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks; and Nidal Hasan, who was convicted and sentenced to death in the 2009 attack on Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30.