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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Friday, September 27, 2013

Inmate Pleads Guilty To Escaping From Marion Prison Camp 13 Years Ago

Donald E. Bruce, 75, of Elberfeld, Indiana, pled guilty today in United States District Court in Benton on an indictment charging him with escaping from the Federal Prison Camp at Marion, Illinois, 13 years ago, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The indictment, returned by a Federal Grand Jury on July 9th, alleged that the offense occurred on October 6, 2000. At that time, a Criminal Complaint was filed and an arrest warrant issued for Bruce. He was arrested on that warrant on June 28, 2013, in Indiana by an officer of the Oakland City, Indiana, Police Department after a warrant check revealed the existence of the federal arrest warrant.

At the time of his escape, Bruce was serving a 135 month sentence for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and had over 9 years of that sentence left to serve. Bruce now faces an additional 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release to follow his incarceration.

Bruce was again remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal to await sentencing which was set for November 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the United States Courthouse in Benton.

The case was investigated by the United States Marshal’s Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.

Updated February 19, 2015