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Man charged with escaping Waupun prison in 1995

December 20, 2018

JUNEAU — A set of fingerprints led to the capture of a man accused of escaping a Waupun prison nearly 24 years ago, authorities say.

Robert Camacho, 55, was nabbed when his fingerprints were processed as part of a security check while attending a military function recently. Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said Camacho only spent five weeks in prison on cocaine charges before he fled with his family to New York.

“He assumed his brother’s name and enlisted in the Army,” Klomberg said in Dodge County Circuit Court on Wednesday, when Camacho made his initial appearance in Dodge County Circuit Court on Wednesday on charges of escape.

Camacho retired from the Army two years ago and when his fingerprints were run a short time ago, authorities found out he had a warrant for his arrest. No details about his military career or what function he was attending were provided in court documents or the hearing Wednesday.

Camacho appeared via video from Waupun Correctional Institution, with his attorney, William Gergen, in the courtroom. If convicted, Camacho could receive an additional five years in prison and $10,000 fine.

Camacho was in Milwaukee in 1994 when he got into trouble with his brother over cocaine and went to prison, Klomberg said.

According to a Jan. 17, 1995, article in the Daily Citizen, Camacho escaped from the John C. Burke Center minimum security prison, 900 S. Madison St., Jan. 15, 1995, before 2:30 p.m. He had arrived from Dodge Correctional Institution Jan. 9 of that year while serving a five-year sentence for possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

He was believed to have left in a car with Illinois license plates, according to the Daily Citizen article. He would have been eligible for parole Nov. 29, 1995, and had a release date of Dec. 28, 1997.

Klomberg asked for a $250,000 cash bail, which Dodge County Court Commissioner Steve Seim granted despite the objections of Camacho’s attorney.

Gergen said that Camacho is now once again serving time for the 1994 sentencing, so he was not going anywhere.

“I’m not sure a high bail is necessary,” Gergen said.

Camacho’s trial was set to begin Jan. 30. He will have a preliminary hearing Dec. 27.

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