• Oklahoma prison escapee arrested after more than 30 years

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    A prison escapee was arrested more than 30 years after he was reported missing.

    Stephen M. Paris escaped from the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Muskogee in 1981. For all these years, investigators say he's been using the alias Stephen Chaves. According to the Department of Corrections, it was the death of the man's mother and her obituary that blew the escapee's cover.

    DOC officials said as soon as agents, along with U.S. Marshals and police, confronted Paris, he surrendered and confessed to being an escapee.

    At the time of his escape, Paris was serving a nine-year sentence for drug distribution. He was about a year and a half into the sentence when he walked away.

    Paris is in jail in Texas awaiting extradition. Authorities said he will have to serve out the remainder of his sentence, and possibly more.


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