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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Arizona Man Sentenced For 1997 Escape

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Arizona man convicted of Escape was sentenced on May 5, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Steven C. Durant, age 55, was sentenced to 18 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
In 1992, Durant was sentenced to 78 months in custody on a firearms violation.  Upon completion of his sentence, he was placed on supervised release. After one month of supervised release at the Community Alternatives of the Black Hills, Durant absconded on March 21, 1997.  Durant was then indicted for Escape by a federal grand jury on April 9, 1997.  Following that Indictment, Durant evaded authorities for over 16 years until his capture by the U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona on September 10, 2013.  He pled guilty to the Escape charge on December 12, 2013. 
This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.
Durant was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.                       

Updated June 22, 2015