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Press Release

March 17, 2011

MAN WHO ESCAPED FROM HARTFORD HALFWAY HOUSE PLEADS GUILTY

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOSHUA L. CUPE, 29, formerly of Hartford, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to one count of escape from the custody of the Attorney General.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 26, 2005, CUPE was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Hartford to 57 months of imprisonment following his conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  On August 19, 2008, CUPE was transferred from a federal prison to the Watkinson House Residential Reentry Center in Hartford.  At the time, CUPE had a projected release date of February 14, 2009.  However, on September 25, 2008, CUPE left the halfway house without permission.  He was arrested in October 2008 and subsequently pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport to one count of escape from custody.  On January 13, 2009, CUPE was sentenced to an additional 15 months of imprisonment.

On May 13, 2010, CUPE was again transferred from a federal prison to the Watkinson House.  At the time, he had a projected release date of July 11, 2010.  CUPE was last seen at the Watkinson House on June 28, 2010.  He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force on January 6, 2011.

Judge Hall has scheduled sentencing for May 16, 2011, at which time CUPE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

 

CONTACT:

 

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

 

 

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