LEXINGTON, KY - Derek Albert Capozzi, a federal inmate who escaped official custody in 2010, was sentenced today to 51 months in prison.
U.S. District Judge Joseph M. Hood sentenced Capozzi, 39, of Boston, Mass., for escape. This sentence will run consecutively with the 23 year sentence he is currently serving for possession and use of a firearm during a crime of violence and the 30 year sentence that he will serve for his role in the 1996 dismemberment of a potential government witness.
On April 15, 2010, officials were transporting Capozzi from the Grayson County Detention Center to the Bluegrass Airport when Capozzi escaped from the vehicle while it was traveling through Woodford County. Authorities arrested him approximately three days later. Capozzi had testified at a trial in Kentucky, and officials were escorting him to the airport to return him to federal prison in Pennsylvania.
Capozzi admitted to the crime in July of this year.
Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Loren Carl, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky, jointly made the announcement today.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick Molloy and Andrew Boone represented the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this case.