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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Turtle Creek Man Charged With Escape From Renewal, Inc.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - One resident of Turtle Creek, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of escape from federal custody, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on Feb. 12, named Christopher Rockwell, 39, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about Dec. 27, 2012, Rockwell knowingly escaped from federal custody by leaving the confines of Renewal, Inc., located at 339 Boulevard of the Allies, in Pittsburgh, and failing to return. Rockwell, who had previously been convicted in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi of the crime of bank robbery, had been committed to the custody of the Attorney General of the United States, and thereafter transferred to and confined at Renewal, Inc., from where he escaped.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Katherine A. King is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015