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NC prison escapee back in custody after 40 years

Posted April 21, 2015

Clarence David Moore, then and now. Moore escaped from an NC prison in 1972 and was arrested in Kentucky on April 20, 2015.

A Kentucky sheriff's office posted to Facebook Monday that a man who escaped from a North Carolina prison more than 40 years ago surrendered there so that he could get medical attention.

Clarence David Moore, 66, escaped from state prison in Henderson County, where he was serving an 11-year sentence for larceny, in 1972.

"He called, and we went and picked him up," Franklin County (Ky.) Sheriff Pat Melton wrote on Facebook.

Franklin Co. (Ky.) Facebook post

According to neighbors, Moore had been living under an alias for years, had diabetes and had recently suffered a stroke.

WBTV in Charlotte reported that Moore told deputies that he couldn't get adequate medical treatment because he doesn't have a Social Security card or other legal identification.

Moore was arrested, then was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center for a medical evaluation. He was being held without bond at the Franklin County Regional Jail.


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  • Johnny Byrd Apr 22, 2015
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    Didn't need to turn himself in. All he had to do was learn a little spanish and he could get free Obamacare Platinum at taxpayer's expense.

  • Thomas Fenske Apr 22, 2015
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    There are plenty of ways to work off the books ... not just undocumented workers do this. Itinerant handymen, lawn care, painters, and shadetree mechanics are four I can think of right off the bat. Actually, from reading this article, it doesn't state that he expects the state to take care of him, it sounds like he just wants to get his legal identity back. Likely the state will parole him after a brief stay.

  • Skye Austin Apr 22, 2015
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    Seriously? You've never heard of people working under the table?

  • Mark Farmer Apr 22, 2015
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    why is that? I thought everyone had to have a SSAN, and provide it to there employer. as far as I know this is the US law.

  • Lisa Menendez Apr 22, 2015
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    "Clif Bardwell" It seems as if you forgot many don't need an SSN to work in the US anymore.

  • Clif Bardwell Apr 22, 2015
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    I'm curious as to what he's been doing for the past 40 years, job-wise, if he doesn't have an SSN?

  • Roy Hinkley Apr 22, 2015
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    You're funny.

  • Brandi Gaenzle Apr 22, 2015
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    I'd have to agree. He's been out for that long and NOW wants to be put into jail just for medical attention. Oh well. You survived that long. Don't come crawling back at the taxes payers expense

  • Rusty Jones Apr 22, 2015
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    Just shows Obama care does not work

  • Al Smith Apr 21, 2015
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    Pardon him. Let him work it out on his own.