Elberfeld man pleads guilty to 13-year prison escape | News
A 75-year-old Elberfeld man has pled guilty to escaping from a federal prison camp 13 years ago and is heading back behind bars.
Donald E. Bruce escaped from the Marion, IL facility in October of 2000 where he was serving a 135-month sentence for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute meth. An arrest warrant was issued but he remained at large until June 28 of this year when an Oakland City Police officer ran a background check on a man he thought seemed suspicious. Officers say Bruce acknowledged being an escapee and was preparing to turn himself in but wanted to spend time with family members first.
When he escaped, Bruce had over nine years of his original sentence left to serve. He could face additional prison time, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release to follow his incarceration.
Sentencing will be November 18 at the United States Courthouse in Benton.
The case was investigated by the United States Marshal’s Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.