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Topeka Man Sentenced For Escape from Custody, Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Topeka man was sentenced today to nine years and two months in federal prison for escaping from federal custody and robbing a bank before he was recaptured, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Daniel Lee Dukewits, 40, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of escape from custody and one count of bank robbery. In 2010, Duke was sentenced to 125 months in federal prison for armed robbery. In 2017, he was living at the Mirror Inc. residential re-entry center in Topeka where the Bureau of Prisons had placed him. On Nov. 4, 2017, he turned up missing and his GPS tracking device was found in a trash can in his room.

On Nov. 15, 2017, Dukewits went into the Azura Credit Union at 3623 SE 29th Street in Topeka and demanded money. He was arrested within minutes of the robbery after a pursuit during which he rammed a police car.

McAllister commended the Topeka Police, the U.S. Marshals Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard for their work on the case.

Updated July 16, 2018