|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||February 24, 2014|
Kenneth Conley Given 41-month Sentence for MCC Escape,
to Be Served Consecutively to 20-Year Term for Bank Robbery
CHICAGO — A Tinley Park man who escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in the city’s Loop in December 2012 while he was awaiting sentencing for bank robbery, today was sentenced to 41 months in prison for the escape, which he was ordered to serve consecutively to the 20-year sentence he received last year for the bank robbery. The defendant, KENNETH CONLEY, 39, remained at large for approximately two weeks after the escape before he was apprehended in south suburban Palos Hills.
Noting Conley’s extensive criminal history, U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman called him “incorrigible,” and said Conley “needs to be incapacitated for a lengthy time to protect the public.” The judge ordered the 41-month term to be served consecutively to the maximum 20- years sentence Conley received from a different judge for the bank robbery. Conley faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the escape.
Conley was also ordered to pay $1,324 in restitution to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons for damage to the MCC. Conley and another convicted bank robber, Joseph Banks, escaped through the wall of their cell and repelled down the exterior of the high-rise federal detention facility. Banks was apprehended a few days later and is still awaiting sentencing for his earlier trial conviction on four counts of bank robbery.
The sentence was announced today by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and U.S. Marshal Darryl McPherson.
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