A man who escaped from London Correctional Institution in 1992 was arraigned Tuesday in Madison County Common Pleas Court on one fourth-degree felony charge of escape.
Roger Perdue, 72, entered LoCI in August 1991. He was sentenced to five years and six months in prison for multiple counts of fourth-degree felony theft.
The theft was committed in Warren County, but online records searches did not reveal what he stole from whom.
In March 1992, the then 48-year-old, 5’10”, 280-plus-pound Perdue fed the cows in the institution’s dairy barn, then walked away from prison, assistant prosecuting attorney Nick Adkins said.
Perdue got a ride to a truck stop, where he then hitched a ride to Montana, Adkins said.
Much of the past 22 years he split between working on a Montana ranch and a New Mexico farm, Adkins said.
He was caught in Kokomo, Ind. last December. His wife, who he had married prior to going to prison, was staying near relatives in Indiana while she sought treatment for cancer.
Law enforcement officials found him after a relative tipped off the U.S. Marshals and collected available award money, Adkins said.
Perdue could face an additional six months to five years in prison for escaping.
He is currently finishing out his original sentence in Toledo Correctional Institution.
Reach Audrey Ingram at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or on Twitter @Audrey.MP
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