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One of Two Iowa Escapees Captured

November 17, 2005

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ One of two convicted murderers who escaped this week from the Iowa State Penitentiary was captured Thursday in Illinois, authorities said.

Martin Moon, 34, was caught near the Menard State Penitentiary southern Illinois, Gov. Tom Vilsack said.

Prison officials noticed a car parked near the prison and notified local police who captured Moon after a brief chase.

Moon and a second man, Robert Joseph Legendre, 27, broke out Monday night from the prison in Fort Madison.

Authorities said they used a homemade grappling hook to scale an unguarded section of the prison’s limestone walls and avoided a wire that is supposed to activate an alarm when touched.

Moon was convicted in 2000 of first-degree murder for shooting his roommate, Kevin Dickson, in 1999.

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