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December 21, 2012

Escaped Chicago inmate appears in court

CHICAGO — One of two convicted bank robbers who made a daring escape from a high-rise downtown Chicago federal jail has appeared in court.

A federal judge told Joseph “Jose” Banks on Friday morning during a brief hearing that he is charged with escape. Banks responded that he understood. Banks was captured Thursday night in Chicago.

The other man who escaped early Tuesday, Kenneth Conley, remains at large. Banks shuffled into court, shackled at his arms and legs and surrounded by marshals.

Escape carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and $250,000 fine. Banks already has been convicted in federal court of four counts of bank robbery, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

 

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