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Fugitive Caught After 13 Years

October 9, 1991

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A man who failed to return from a prison furlough 13 years ago was back in custody after a records check revealed he had a driver’s license with his real name, authorities said.

Andrew Gideon Starkey, 37, was arrested Tuesday in Houma, about 50 miles southwest of New Orleans, at a company that provides contract labor for the oil industry, said Frank Jobert, warden of the Work Training Facility South.

Starkey failed to return to the prison from a three-day furlough in August 1978, Jobert said. He had been serving a 12-year sentence for simple burglary and probation violation and was scheduled to become eligible for parole in one year, Jobert said.

Starkey was caught by ″a little chase team that does searches and apprehensions of fugitives,″ the warden said.

Starkey’s fate could range from clemency, if approved by the governor, to additional time in prison if the district attorney pursues an escape charge.

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