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Federal inmate Kenneth Conley of Tinley Park indicted for escape

Kenneth Conley who rappelled down from his 17th floor downtown priscell during an escape captured several days later sits backsevehicle

Kenneth Conley, who rappelled down from his 17th floor downtown prison cell during an escape and captured several days later, sits in the backseat of a vehicle as he is driven away from the Kluczynski Federal Building on January 5, 2013. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

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Updated: February 19, 2013 3:08PM



Kenneth Conley, one of two men who escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago in December, was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on one count of escape.

Conley, 38, of Tinley Park, will be arraigned at a later date in U.S. District Court, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Conley was charged with escaping from the jail on Dec. 18 along with cellmate Jose Banks by rappelling 17 floors down the side of the jail on a rope made of bedsheets and other material, according to the FBI.

Banks was caught Dec. 20 on Chicago’s Northwest Side, while Conley was nabbed Jan. 4 in Palos Hills.

Escape carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.



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