Bank robber indicted in Chicago high-rise escape

January 17, 2013

The Associated Press

A bank robber has been indicted on a federal escape charge after he and a cell-mate broke out of a high-rise Chicago lockup.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Kenneth Conley's indictment on Thursday. He and Jose Banks scaled down nearly 20 stories using a make-shift rope on Dec. 18.

Banks was caught two days later. But Conley eluded capture until Jan. 4. Police stopped him outside a suburban apartment complex disguised as an old man, wearing a beret and carrying a cane.

Before his escape, the 38-year-old former strip club worker already faced a maximum 20-year prison term for his bank robbery conviction. A conviction for escape carries a maximum 5-year sentence.

Banks already faced up to 80 years for bank robbery and authorities dropped the escape charge.

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