Jeffery Eugene Roetzel, 30, an inmate at the Federal Prison Camp at Marion, Illinois, pled guilty on Thursday, January 14, 2016, in United States District Court in Benton to an indictment charging him with escaping from that facility, announced James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The indictment, returned by a Federal Grand Jury on December 8, 2015, alleged that the escape occurred on November 8th. Roetzel was taken into custody in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, on November 11th. At the time of the escape, Roetzel was serving a 70 month sentence imposed in 2012 in the Western District of Michigan for numerous federal firearms offenses.
Sentencing was set for April 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the United States Courthouse in Benton. At that time, Roetzel faces up to an additional 5 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release following his incarceration.
Roetzel was returned to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to await sentencing on the escape charge.
The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.