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Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty To Escape

Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 7/24/2012 12:19 am
If you lived in central Kentucky in April of 2010, you'll remember the name Derek Capozzi.

The federal inmate escaped from a prisoner transport van in Woodford County and kept people in the area on edge for the three days he was on the run.

He was finally recaptured in Versailles behind a factory.

According to court documents, on Monday in U.S. District Court in Lexington, Capozzi entered a conditional guilty plea to escape. 

That means he admitted to escaping, but it allowed him to still appeal two things, a double jeopardy claim and a medical necessity claim.

According to court documents, Capozzi claimed he only escaped because he wanted medical help for a hole in his heart. 

Capozzi had been moved from a prison in Maryland to the Grayson County Detention Center in Kentucky because he was a witness in a federal case in London.

He was being taken to Blue Grass Airport in Lexington when he escaped.

At the time of his escape, Capozzi was serving a lengthy sentence for federal crimes, including dismembering a 19-year old girl.

Capozzi is scheduled to be sentenced on the escape conditional guilty plea on September 4th. 
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