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Rock Island Man Sentenced on Federal Escape Charge

May 18, 2012

DAVENPORT, IA - On May 18, 2012, Ronald Ronnell Hearn, age 28, of Rock Island, Illinois, was sentenced to 12 months of imprisonment for one count of escape from federal custody, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Chief United States District Judge James E. Gritzner also ordered Hearn to serve a term of supervised release of 3 years following his incarceration and pay an assessment of $100 to Crime Victims Fund.

On Tuesday, November 08, 2011, after having been released from the Federal Bureau of Prisons to the custody of the Residential Re-Entry Center in Davenport, Iowa, Hearn left the facility, ostensibly to look for a job in Rock Island, but failed to return. His GPS tracking bracelet was found by law enforcement in an open field after having been cut off and discarded. After Hearn was declared an escapee and his image was broadcast on local television stations, he turned himself in to police.

This investigation was conducted by the United States Marshals Service, the Illinois State Police, the Rock Island, Illinois, Police Department, the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office, the East Moline, Illinois, Police Department, the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, and the Illinois Department of Corrections. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Iowa.

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