After 13 years of freedom, Marion escapee caught in Indiana

News-DemocratJuly 11, 2013 

Two men who escaped from the Federal Prison Camp in Marion are back in custody and charged with new crimes.

David J. Pederson, 55, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in East St. Louis to escaping from police custody. Pederson escaped while being transferred between the facility in Marion and one in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on March 26. While he was on the lam, he is accused of using a realistic-looking air pistol to carjack two separate vehicles in Mount Vernon, ultimately taking four people hostage.

He was arrested with three of the hostages in Nashville. He pleaded guilty in Jefferson County to charges related to the carjackings and was sentenced to 20 years in jail.

For the federal escape guilty plea, Pederson will be sentenced Nov. 1. He faces up to five years in prison.

A second man, 74-year-old Donald E. Bruce, escaped from the prison camp on October 6, 2000, and was arrested in Indiana June 28 and arraigned Thursday on a charge of escaping from a federal prison camp, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

At the time of his escape 13 years ago, Bruce was serving an 11 1/2 year sentence for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He had nine years left to serve when he escaped.

He faces five more years in prison on the escape charge.

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